On Trepanation and Human Nature: Perspectives from Paul Broca to the Present is many things: a discursive poem; an essay in verse; a wonderful, fresh and compelling history of humanity’s long tradition of boring into people’s skulls; an examination of the myriad and bizarre ways we communicate, incorporating found language from many domains: anthropology, medicine, legalese, contemporary self-help literature, and the manifestos of the dubiously sane.
The reading will conclude with the launch of the signed, limited edition paperback edition published by SmithandBrown: a small, non-profit imprint created in 2012 to publish non-commercial, experimental literature and fiction.
Melissa Monroe’s poems have appeared in Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Raritan, Ploughshares, BOMB, A Public Space, The Gettysburg Review, and others. A collection of her poems, Machine Language, was published by Alef Books in 1997.
Tickets: Donation 10$