Read Write Poem’s Virtual Book Tour: Molly Gaudry’s Anatomy for the Artist
Molly Gaudry’s digital chapbook Anatomy for the Artist (online at blossombones) is a dive headlong into a world of dismemberment. Gaudry uses medical vocabulary as both integration and interruption in a piece that celebrates and objectifies the physical body as both sensual object and means of betrayal.
Gaudry takes the reader on a rhythmic and jolting journey, thrown back and forth between the objective language of anatomy and the more intimate language of relationships. And, much like a roller coaster, the dizzying pace can be disorienting, but the experience is shot-full of adrenaline and an amazing ride.
The work would be difficult for me to dissect (no pun intended) for many reasons – its unusual structure, its syntax, and the fact that it is so different from what I write myself. Any traditional type of review I may try to produce would simply not do it justice.
Instead, I chose to write a response based on some of the feelings and images that impacted me and resonated while I read and re-read the piece. I know I will read it again – each time I read, I find something new. I hope you will read it, too.
(email me if you’d like to see the poem – I have taken it down since it is being revised for submission.)