36 pages (1998)
trade paper, saddle-stitched
About the Book
In this comprehensible poem based on her experience surviving cancer, Suzette Bishop has created a powerful book of healing. She tells us her story through the mind's eye of a young woman who "senses she is invisible to a system that has based its research primarily on male anatomy, that is profit-driven, and invasive." Cold Knife Surgery reads as real and surreal introspective deliberations as she sorts out medical and financial obstacles, fear, and frustration. Remarkably, she responds to situations without hostility, anger, or bitterness. Her healing is rooted in learning, personal growth, and self-esteem. The harshness of her external world is transformed by her sensitivity and grace.
David Castleman, Mandrake Poetry Review,
Volume III, Numbers 2 & 3, 1999
Grace Cavalieri, host of "The Poet and the Poem from the Library of Congress"
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