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Peggy Munson


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Praise for Peggy Munson from Yusef Komunyakaa

Peggy Munson's Pathogenesis is forthright and magical in scope. The minute ascends to the monumental -- moth to God; very little escapes the sharp, perceptive eye of this thoughtful poet. A sober music gives shape to the insistent pulse of this book, and each poem dovetails to highlight the collection's overall vision. Every trope is a probe that divines vicissitude.

From Gerry Gomez Pearlberg

Peggy Munson's intriguing, kaleidoscopic poems transport the reader into a tough- and tender-hearted world of blood, illness, medical authoritarianism, and stubborn life force. Here, "illness is not metaphor," but a presence, an atmosphere, a window into experiences to which no mortal, ultimately, is immune. These poems shine a much-needed light on these sick times.

From Noelle Kocot

Peggy Munson is speaking out of the void. Her language is cutting-edge and ontic, her subject matter shatters convention. This poetry is wise beyond any years -- it truly transcends mere time. It is free from a lot of the burden of contemporary poetry conventions, and exists like a small island in the fiery sun, alone, yet willing to be utterly beautiful, utterly strange, and utterly itself.

From Gillian Conoley

Melancholia. Witch hunt. Sinking spell. Mass panic. The diseases that chase us down. The scrupulous craft of them. A poetry that doesn't let go. "A textbook case." The Plath-like sharpness and blinding clarity. Peggy Munson's Pathogenesis is rich, powerful, and strange, possessed of a stylistic brilliance and extraordinary humanism: "I would rather speak in tongue clicks and superlunary broomsticks than utter words of hate."

Interviews and Reviews

  • From Stacey May Fowles' review at Make/Shift Magazine

    "It is a book that treads fearlessly into the viciously real, and then escapes suddenly into the surreal and magical. These are poems obsessed with the broader implications of the illness and exhaustion, both physical and emotional, all at once terrifying and liberating in thier visceral detail."

  • From Largehearted Boy April 2008

    "In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that is in some way relevant to their recently published books. Peggy Munson wrote one of my favorite Book Notes essays for her debut novel, Origami Striptease. I am truly honored to have this talented writer participate in the series again with a playlist about her new poetry collection, Pathogenesis. Pathogenesis is ideal poetry for me, powerfully personal and yet global in its implications. A call to arms, these poems follow Munson's battles against the medical community and her own body as she fights Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)."