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In AS I SAID: A DISSENT, Abby Minor rejects the vacated terms of the conventional "abortion debate." Instead, these polyvocal poems explore the “exquisite business” of inheritance, embodiment, justice, and citizenship. Anchored by a documentary study of the infamous nineteenth-century abortion provider Madame Restell, Minor’s dissent deftly interweaves historical documents and oral interviews with frank details of contemporary Appalachian life. AS I SAID eludes the instrumentalization of reproductive storytelling in favor of becoming “aperture / at once seeing / and being ajar.”
Poetry. Women’s Studies.
Abby Minor lives in the ridges and valleys of central Pennsylvania, where she works on poems, essays, and projects exploring reproductive politics. Granddaughter of Appalachian tinkerers and Yiddish-speaking New Yorkers, she teaches poetry in her region's low-income nursing homes and has worked as a seamstress, server, university writing instructor, produce truck driver, studio assistant, and roadie. In 2018 she was awarded Bitch Media's Writing Fellowship in Sexual Politics. She serves on the Board of Abortion Conversation Projects, is author of the chapbooks Real Words for Inside (Gap Riot Press) and Plant Light, Dress Light (dancing girl press), and directs an arts education nonprofit called Ridgelines Language Arts.