Poetry. In her second book, Jennifer Militello investigates the tensions of identity as a source of illness and health. BODY THESAURUS presents the human physique as a flawed conduit and, through poems highlighting symptoms, antidotes, and diagnostic tests, seeks alternate renderings for the complexities of self. Even as the endangered psyche supplies a filter, gods are confronted, maladies are faced, and actualities are marked, remembered, or lost. The beauty of struggle and the chance for redemption act as counterstream, increasingly evident and—again and again in the poet's verse—indisputably real.
Jennifer Militello is the author of THE PACT (Tupelo Press, 2021) and Knock Wood, winner of the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize (Dzanc Books, 2019), as well as four previous collections of poetry: A CAMOUFLAGE OF SPECIMENS AND GARMENTS (Tupelo Press, 2016), called "positively bewitching" by Publishers Weekly; BODY THESAURUS (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry; FLINCH THE SONG (Tupelo Press, 2009), winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award; and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her work has appeared widely in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, POETRY, and Tin House, and been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion. Militello teaches in the MFA program at New England College.Author City: GOFFSTOWN, NH USA