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dc.contributor.editorStephanie G'Schwind
dc.descriptionEdited by Stephanie G'Schwind.
dc.description.abstractSelected from among the country's leading literary publications--Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Creative Nonfiction, the Georgia Review, the Normal School, Prairie Schooner, and others--Beautiful Flesh gathers nineteen works of creative nonfiction to build a multi-gender, multi-ethnic body out of essays, each concerning a different part of the body: belly, blood, bones, brain, ears, eyes, feet, hair, hands, heart, knees, lungs, nose, ovaries, pancreas, sinuses, skin, spine, teeth, and vas deferens. The title is drawn from Wendy Call's contribution, "Beautiful Flesh," a meditation on the pancreas: "gorgeously ugly, hideously beautiful: crimson globes embedded in a pinkish-tan oval, all nestled on a bed of cabbage-olive green, spun through with gossamer gold." Other essays include Dinty W. Moore's "The Aquatic Ape," an exploration of the curious design and necessity of sinuses; Katherine E. Standefer's "Shock to the Heart, Or: A Primer on the Practical Applications of Electricity," a modular essay on the author's internal cardiac defibrillator and the nature of electricity; Matt Roberts's "Vasectomy Instruction No. 7," which considers the various reasons for and implications of surgically severing and sealing the vas deferens; Lupe Linares's "A Living Structure," concerning teeth and the "small mistakes that accumulate over time and add up to a loss that we can never forget"; and Peggy Shinner's "Elective," which examines the author's own experience with rhinoplasty and cultural considerations of the "Jewish nose." Echoing the myriad shapes, sizes, abilities, and types of the human body, these essays showcase the many forms of the genre--provided by publisher.
dc.description.tableofcontentsField notes on hair / Vicki Weiqi Yang -- Gray area: thinking with a damaged brain / Floyd Skloot -- The aquatic ape hypothesis, or how I learned to love my paranasal sinuses / Dinty W. Moore -- Looking back / Danielle R. Spencer -- Elective / Peggy Shinner -- Speaking of ears and savagery / Steven Church -- A living structure / Lupe Linares -- The spine / Sarah Rose Etter -- Drawing a breath / Kaity Teer -- Shock to the heart, or: a primer on the practical applications of electricity / Katherine E. Standefer -- Blood type / Samantha Simpson -- Mos teutonicus / Matthew Ferrence -- Wolf biter / Sarah Viren -- The private life of skin / Hester Kaplan -- Beautiful flesh / Wendy Call -- The belly of desire / Sarah K. Lenz -- The population of me / Jody Mace -- Pre-vasectomy instruction no. 7 / Matt Roberts -- Taking shape / Amy Butcher -- Once, then / Angela Pelster
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.publisher.originalCenter for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University
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dc.rights.accessAccess is limited to the Adams State University, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Community College of Denver, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University and Western State Colorado University communities only.
dc.subject.lcshAmerican essays -- 21st century
dc.subject.lcshHuman body in literature
dc.titleBeautiful flesh: a body of essays

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