Pretty Pretty Prison / Morgan Eldridge

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Pretty Pretty Prison / Morgan Eldridge

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Morgan Eldridge’s Pretty Pretty Prison is a pointed & sincere dream-meandering through the mercurial world of human relationships against the impulse to shortcut to feeling by way of nomenclature, categorization & expectation. These poems, in their illuminative micro-macro syncing, interrogate patriarchal power’s (un)conscious & structural attempts to curate and organize care, love, ideation, narrative and most every other aspect of human relations. There is the finger that points and then the hand that takes the finger and points it back at itself. There is the historical & momentary weight of the social performance of gender in American society—of woman as worker, as emotional laborer, as entertainer. There is a brave digging up and communicating with, across, & for. Eldridge’s poems conduct a compassionate doom-saying—a beckoning for something felt, but not yet manifest. Positioned within, but spinning & writhing to be let out, Pretty Pretty Prison actualizes an untethered mode of relation, an unparalleled, non-commodified & total form of care—be gentle with me i am you.

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Published 31 December 2015

Poetry • MHP-015
Hand-sewn bound • 23 pp
5.5 x 7 • ♾♽

Distribution • MHP
 

An intense insight into a stormy mind of wildflowers and carnage. The book even feels like a bashful ghost: quality stock emblazoned with a modest, grey-purple-morning-mist text, all bound in a hand-sewn black cover. Pretty Pretty Prison will lock you in, kiss you, reject you, beg you come back, and – you might barely notice – let you go.

Dason Anderson


POEMS FROM THE CHAPBOOK

Not Towards Any
(Monster House)

Rabbit
(Monster House)

Halfsies
(Monster House)