Poetry. Frances Driscoll’s RAPE POEMS sink into the horror and beauty of memory without attention to pretense. The poems refuse to relent from the poet’s sense of unshakable reality and do not belabor themselves with the trivialities of a misunderstanding world. Described as a “compelling…rare” collection, THE RAPE POEMS is personal reportage in common language with alarmingly precise composition and artistry.
“Harrowing and obsessively skeptical, tender and private and hugely humane, these unsettling poems arrive like dispatches from the very source of our wounds” -Ralph Angel
“It is impossible to praise this book too much – its power, maturity, sorrow, and fierce resistance. This book should be required reading in America.” – Poet Lynn Emanuel
Frances Driscoll is the author of two books of poems. She lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida. In addition to praise as poetry, Driscoll’s work has been used by trauma therapists, social workers, and sexual assault awareness trainings for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. National Guard. Her work is taught in a number of schools in a variety of disciplines, adapted for several stage productions, and is the subject of Justine Gieni’s University of Regina English master’s thesis, “Hysterical (r)evoluton: The Creation of Embodied Language” and Amy Griffiths’ University of Minnesota English Ph.D. dissertation, “In a Shattered Language: a feminist poetics of trauma.” You can hear Driscoll read some of The Rape Poems and Seaglass Picnic poems at Mark Ari’s website, Eat-Magazine.com.