Poetry. PIGAFETTA IS MY WIFE enters the crisis that is the love between the colonizer and the colonized. These poems fragment the journals of Antonio Pigafetta, a 16th Century traveler who recorded Magellan's hellish circumnavigation of the globe, while tracking a present-day speaker and his beloved as they are distanced and reunited across the map. Along the way we visit historical moments including a botched circumcision as performance art, the Rape of Nanking, and 17th century missionaries in the Philippines. Through this intertwining of narratives the book reveals how the past and present are visceral beasts caught in a cycle of passion and destruction. Like an epic murder ballad, Hall moves from collage to epistle, suffering to ecstasy, while pinpointing what is at stake in the pursuit of love and the dismantling of the self.
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Joe Hall was born in the woods and is devoted to Cheryl. His poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Gulf Coast, HTMLGIANT, Octopus, Hayden's Ferry Review, Versal and elsewhere. His books include THE DEVOTIONAL POEMS (Black Ocean, 2013), PIGAFETTA IS MY WIFE (Black Ocean, 2010) and, with Chad Hardy, THE CONTAINER STORE (SpringGun Press, 2012). Author City: BALTIMORE, MD USA