The Static Herd

When the body betrays it forces you to learn its language, turning patients and kin into spontaneous islands of urgent expertise Through overlaid registers of plain speak and medical ese, illustration and dreamscape, The Static Herd enacts a coming to terms with the kaleidoscopic loss that ricochets through a family befallen with grave illness Hardly maudlin, Beth Steid When the body betrays it forces you to learn its language, turning patients and kin into spontaneous islands of urgent expertise Through overlaid registers of plain speak and medical ese, illustration and dreamscape, The Static Herd enacts a coming to terms with the kaleidoscopic loss that ricochets through a family befallen with grave illness Hardly maudlin, Beth Steidle s lyric bravely inserts itself into the hard fact lexicon of diagnoses and examinations By turning unfeeling jargon out from within she creates a system for understanding This debut book, to quote its author, is a creature that breathes Corrine Fitzpatrick The Static Herd is an abnormal tissue of medical records and memory, and a sublime poetic exhumation that precedes the final internment Matt Pieknik e intense lyricism of the language is luminous in nature and beautiful and mysterious, as are the William Blakian illustrationsThis remarkable volume is like a wondrous field guide to the painful process of entering the interior of loss And what a fabulous tour it is Chuck KinderFiction With illustrations by the author.
The Static Herd When the body betrays it forces you to learn its language turning patients and kin into spontaneous islands of urgent expertise Through overlaid registers of plain speak and medical ese illustration

  • Title: The Static Herd
  • Author: Beth Steidle
  • ISBN: 9781940853031
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Static Herd”

    1. A haunting meditation on the death of a person with cancer. It's poetically written and I ultimately understand what the book is about although there were a few parts that seemed a little confusing. Over all it's dark and beautifully written. The way it's written seems like it's a very personal story but I could be wrong. I actually read it twice because it's pretty short and I knew I missed things the first time around. If you are a fan of Blake Butler or Dennis Cooper I think you'll like this [...]

    2. How do we write about death? Explain the inexplicable without sounding overwrought, cliché, false? Perhaps we don’t. Perhaps we avoid it, dance around it, mask it in metaphor until any real substance is lost. If this is the case, we might take direction from Beth Steidle, whose recent novel, The Static Herd, addresses the paradox of death with paradoxes of its own: a fusion of medicalese and poeticism, insight and obfuscation. Comprised of CT scans, “OPERATIVE REPORTS,” distilled memories [...]

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