Forceps: Poems about the Birth of the Self

Author(s) : Wendy Hoffman

Forceps: Poems about the Birth of the Self

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The search for my true past came in distinct waves. This collection of poems includes some from the long period when I knew something was drastically wrong but didn’t consciously know what that was and some from the breakthrough when I discovered my never-bloomed self. The poems cover the outskirts of my awakening, my plowing through and arrival in the middle of awareness. When dissociated memories and emotions exploded inside, eventually they filtered into a poem. The horror transmuted itself. These poems are that record.

I have regained a real, not imposed, self.

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‘Like the forceps in the title of Wendy Hoffman’s collection, these tough and unrelenting poems grasp life’s betrayals and losses, but as the poet says, "Whatever happened will be washed away / whatever happened will be gone." And she might have been talking about this book when she said in a poem about shopping in a Turkish fruit and vegetable market, "You don’t have to dig to the bottom / for the good ones."’
--Faye Moskowitz, Professor of English and Creative Writing, George Washington University

‘Wendy Hoffman’s poems dive through fathoms of unutterable grief. The grief is specific to the poet but also part and parcel of our being mortal. She is a poet of the body - its frailties and debilities but also its tenacity. Her poems throb with this tenacity as she pushes words to do their utmost, achieving, at times, a primordial eloquence.’
--Baron Wormser, Poet Laureate of Maine, 2000-2005

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Wendy Hoffman is a survivor of organized criminal abuse and has been a psychotherapist for over two decades working in general practice and the field of recovering dissociated memories. She has a Masters in Social Work and two Masters of Fine Arts. Her first memoir, The Enslaved Queen: A Memoir about Electricity and Mind Control, was published by Karnac Books in 2014, and her book of poetry, Forceps: Poems about the Birth of the Self, appeared in 2016. Now that she has brought together the separated parts of her mind, taken her life back, and achieved freedom, she wants to help other survivors also become free of mind control.

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