Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. An ode for (un)intentionally-hunted, antlered doe. Elegies voiced by a woman with eight eyes and web glands. The last confessions of a bound witch, waiting for the torch to drop. In Cassandra J. Bruner's THE WISHBONE DRESS, these personas and others careen into, and cycle around, another larger narrative: a young femme's transition and her splintered path through wildernesses, both exterior and interior. Bruner's debut chapbook navigates the slippery terrain of gender, faith, illness, law, and loss, serving both an invitation and a declaration that, when reimagined, "the body learns its shape."
Cassandra J. Bruner earned her MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University where she served as Managing Editor of Willow Springs Books. Finalist for Black Warrior Review's 2018 Nonfiction Contest, their poems and essays have appeared, or are upcoming in The Adroit Journal, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Muzzle, New England Review, Ninth Letter, and Pleiades among others.Author City: MADISON, WI USA