Melanie McCabe lives in Virginia. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, Barrow Street, Quarterly West, Nimrod, Harpur Palate, The Evansville Review, and numerous other journals. (Author photo by Jennifer Davis)
In Melanie McCabe’s History of the Body, the body becomes history, the vessel of lived experience, of touching the world and being touched, and gesturing beyond that world’s physical confines.
“In her stunning first book History of the Body, Melanie McCabe explores the shared, often uneasy narratives of house and body. Brilliant admixtures of imaginative wildness and lyric control, her poems seem an inevitable part of the ‘industry of the heart and lungs’—and the collection as a whole, beautifully sequenced, thrums with the meant tension of an arbor, where ‘the vigor of the vine is restrained, held at blade edge, but always breathing.’ Welcome, Melanie McCabe.”
“Formally exquisite, the lucid poems in Melanie McCabe’s History of the Body remind us that everything we know is embodied—language, memory, pleasure, loss. This debut will delight the reader with the poise of its intellect and the supple playfulness of its imagination. The history of the body, we learn in the poems, is one of lived sensations and sentiments: eros’ radiance and grief’s solitude, the borderless hour and an instance of ecstasy, the serious labor of love and the surprising enigma of a self within a given body. The poems attract us with the urgency and lure of their stories, with the flint-sharp precision of their lines.”
David Robert Books