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Admit One: An American Scrapbook #2020

Admit One An American Scrapbook Praise for Martha Collins A dazzling poet whose poetry is poised at the juncture between the lyric and ethics Martha Collins has addressed some of the most traumatic social issues of the twentieth ce

  • Title: Admit One: An American Scrapbook
  • Author: Martha Collins
  • ISBN: 9780822964056
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • Admit One: An American Scrapbook By Martha Collins, Praise for Martha Collins A dazzling poet whose poetry is poised at the juncture between the lyric and ethics, Martha Collins has addressed some of the most traumatic social issues of the twentieth century in supple and complex poems N o subject is off limits for her piercing intellect Cynthia Hogue, AWP Chronicle

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    1. Perhaps not the most conventionally poetic book of poetry I ve ever read but an important one Collins uses the stories of Carrie Buck, the woman whose forced sterilization is the subject ofthe famous Supreme Court eugenics case, and Ota Benga, the African exhibited in the NY zoo, interspersed with those of her own family, to throw light on race relations in the early part of the 20th Century and, by implication, today It s a fascinating idea though, I would argue, at some points perhaps a bit pr [...]

    2. In her last of a trilogy of books of poetry on the history of American racism Collins connects the dots among exhibits of human specimens in zoos and fairs, the eugenics movement, intelligence tests, anthropometric measurements, healthy baby contests, US immigration policy, miscegenation laws and the Pocahontas exception , forced interment of epileptics, the mentally ill and the morally depraved , forced sterilization laws, the origins of the words Nordic and moron , the KKK, Hitler, and militan [...]

    3. An interesting read Collins tackles many of the darker themes of twentieth century America white supremacists, eugenics, forced sterilization and contextualizes them within familiar American history as well as her family s own involvement in the movements I picked up the book for its mention of the 1904 World s Fair in St Louis I think the author and I went to the same centennial exhibits at the Missouri History Museum and I liked the way Collins related early anthropology to pseudoscientific m [...]

    4. This book is just wow It s a researched based poetic look at the history of the US in regard to racism, ableism, eugenics, sterilization, and euthanasia Not a joyful read, but clever, well researched, playful in language, and, really, so apt given the current climate I recommend to all.

    5. A very heavy, very important read Many of the pieces are not conventionally poetic as another reviewer so astutely put it , but their content is worth so much than their form.

    6. Admit One is a chilling collection on the state of race and eugenics in the US Found materials from Collins grandfather s newspaper and quotes weave a damning look at history, a history of scientific endeavor motivated by white supremacy that informed policies of Nazi Germany Perhaps, what is most disturbing is how much the rhetoric of Madison Grant and others is so current The fear of the dominant culture still so palpable, invoking a tribalism that incites violence and death.

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