Mutability

Scripts for Infancy

Andrea Brady

Andrea Brady

Distributed for Seagull Books

112 pages | 5 x 8 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780857420909 Published May 2013 World sales rights except India
A chronicle of motherhood and infancy, Brady’s Mutability marks the excesses of attention and love in this unique relationship, the gradual unfurling of one person into two. In poems and prose, these scripts offer a “model of duplicity,” revealing how the beginnings of language, the spaces which open up through movement, the undeniable possibility of harm, and the unbearable intimacy between mother and child challenge the premise of individual autonomy. Seeking “a writing of honest particularity, not clean, in a form which would catch rather than cauterize this pouring,” Mutability brilliantly captures the experience of motherhood.
 
At the same time, Brady explores the child-space, a utopian place of discovery and adaptation, as an arena of risk, violence, possession, and privation. Carefully observing the consequences of “the beginning of all possibility, and the beginning of its finitude,” the book notes the child’s discovery of being a new person to “the discovery of an exit.” Brady’s unique and moving book celebrates and investigates life’s most essential relationship.
Contents
Acknowledgements

Part 1
    Good Intentions
    Spoonerized
    Dissent
    Central Air
Part 2
    Insomniad 1
    Insomniad 2
    Insomniad 3
    Insomniad 4
    The Eel Station
    Resonance Dreaming
Part 3
    In League
Part 4
    The Custody of Seas
    Total Empathy
    Between Times
    The Sound Archive
Part 5
    G r a d u a l
    Triple Time
    Flush
    The Western System
    The Dancing Bear
Part 6
    Seasons in Reverse
    Like Glass
    Lent Came to Town with Love
    A Household of Continuance
    Firefox
    Awake for Ever
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