Nicole Callihan's semantic debates and whimsical linguistics in This Strange Garment open the reader to more than the pain, treatment, and aftermath of breast cancer. We also get the "god in the scars." Hers is a mind of lyrical curiosity, turning life around and finding prisms. Let her show you how to "place lady slipper orchids where your flesh used to be." Let these poems pull you into a life "severed but raptured."
-Lauren Camp, 2022-2025 New Mexico Poet Laureate