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The Surgeon's Brain

Author :  Oscar Upperton

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  • Country New Zealand
  • Publisher Te Herenga Waka University Press, Wellington, New Zealand
  • ISBN9781776920013
  • FormatPaperBack
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Year of Publication2022
  • Bib. Info96p.
  • Product Weight200 gms.
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I can be of use beyond myself. There is no question of my right to board a ship, or take a room. It is as though I were a ghost and I have now been given form. Dr James Barry was many things. He was a pistol-toting dueller, an irascible grudge-holder, a vegetarian, an obsessive cleaner - and a brilliant, humane military surgeon who served throughout the British empire, travelled the world with a small menagerie of animals, and advocated for public health reform. Barry was also a transgender man living in the Victorian era, a time when the term 'transgender' was unknown in Western thought. From the author of New Transgender Blockbusters comes a breathtaking, multilayered work that meditates on the life of Dr James Barry. The poems of The Surgeon's Brain imagine Barry's inner worlds and the historical and social pressures that he resisted. As this mesmerising story unfolds and begins to fragment, it speaks to both our past and future ghosts. 'Upperton has a way of linking the urgency of poetry to the urgency of being human.' -Piet Nieuwland, Landfall

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