Intimacies, Received signals agency, as trauma is
held to the light and finally named.
In this astonishing second collection by Taneum Bambrick,
violence hides in the glint of the carving knife--every intimacy a shadow, every
memory a maze to navigate. Set primarily in rural Southern Spain, Intimacies,
moves through streets and fields, households and years, following
a survivor of sexual assault as she painstakingly reassembles a narrative of
self. A brilliant storyteller, Bambrick builds through palimpsest--layering
vivid imagery to recall embodiment and dissociation, illness and isolation,
queer female sexuality amidst acts of misogyny--utilizing varied forms including
ekphrasis, persona, and a lyric essay. Ultimately, Intimacies, Received
signals agency, as trauma is held to the light and finally named.