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Staff Pick: Elizabeth Onusko

June 22, 2009

beth_onusko-small.jpg When poet Paul Guest, who was paralyzed in an accident as a child, writes of his condition in My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge,

he is simultaneously blunt, frenzied, grief-stricken, and humorous. In “My Nightmare,” Guest writes, “My nightmare isn’t falling or even falling/ naked with strangers amused/ by what I try each day to hide,/ this biology of strangeness,/ no, my nightmare isn’t forgetting/ my pants because that sounds/ suspiciously like fun.” I found this collection hard to put down.

Bio: Elizabeth Onusko is managing editor of Guernica.

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