A Body Made of You
Melissa Lee Houghton's A Body Made of You is a series of poems written for other writers, artists, strangers, lovers and friends. The process began by interviewing each muse, and then working from photographs and in a couple of cases, paintings of them or by them. Charged with sexuality and an uncomfortable sense of the strange, this debut collection introduces a powerful new voice in poetry.
- Paperback | 80 pages
- 138 x 216 x 5.08mm | 113.4g
- 11 May 2011
- Penned In The Margins
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Stephen King-mask Dog-mask Straight Faced Portrait: Scorched and Flayed Olivia Portrait of Olivia as a Mute Steven laid out Anniversary of Our Libido Portrait of the Husband: The Dream Elizabeth princess anatomy Nate Clowns Incommunicado Annie Still A Body Made of You Escapist Suzy Carbon Rainmaking by Proxy George chopsticks Crying Alexandra Miranda Broken Poem Jonathan Portrait of the Man as a Warm Body David Players Edie The Fair Deprivations Rumi Joe Rasputin Cradled There are Only Two Ways to Love Self-Portrait Interview 5.1
Melissa Lee-Houghton's highly original and innovative debut might be considered an epistolary tour-de-force, split into fifteen sections dealing with Others identified only by their forename. It is an extraordinary achievement and a must-read book for 2011. - Chris Hamilton-Emery I feel alive when I read Melissa's poetry. It is raw, anthropological and sassy. - David Caddy The most fascinating, beautiful poetry collection I have read in years ... so damn beautiful that it made my chest physically hurt. - Jen Campbell [Lee Houghton's] words are soaked in this tension between body and mind, between who we are supposed to be and the god-awful gorgeousness of who we really are. - The Hipster Book Club The fearlessness of the voice in these poems is exciting, as is the wealth of surreal imagery, which - like the images in a dream-world - make a strange, sideways sense. - Ink Sweat & Tears A kind of echolocation or sonar is employed here - often lengthy, the poems return again and again to the human body, building off its peculiar there-ness, its mixture of solidity and elasticity. - Jon Stone
About Melissa Lee-Houghton
Melissa Lee-Houghton was born in Wythenshawe, Manchester in 1982. Her poetry, short fiction and reviews have been published in literary magazines such as Succour, The Short Review, Magma and Tears in the Fence. She lives in Blackburn, Lancashire.