Published by CB Editions
"This unexpected book – a genuine contribution to the literature of illness – centers on containment: how we contain our blood, how blood is contained in tubes and vials, how sometimes we do not seem contained by our bodies, and sometimes the body seems to contain nothing, and even how in the face of control or self-reliance leaking away, we might manage to contain ourselves, to feel held, to feel held in place.
"The deceptive directness of Matthew Siegel’s debut is remarkable; in his capable hands, illness reveals how barely contained any human being is, and how we reach, alone and together, for whatever will hold us." - Mark Doty
Matthew Siegel is a is a poet and essayist living in San Francisco. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and his works have appeared widely in