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MORE PRAISE FOR CIRCADIAN “I have never read an interrogation of language, gender politics, or aftermath quite like Clammer’s passionately searing Circadian. Though evocative of writers from Anne Carson to Kate Zambreno, Clammer’s urgency and electricity here create a flash of lightning all her own.” —Gina Frangello author of A Life of Men and Every Kind of Wanting “In these beautifully written essays, Clammer considers the intricate, confounding, and powerful connections between story and body, narrative and physical form. She examines the subject of trauma through a series of innovative frames, casting a fearless and curious gaze on her material and bringing new insights to life.” —Marya Hornbacher New York Times bestselling author of Wasted “In sharp, beautiful language, Chelsey Clammer creates elegant, intimate prose about the violence of being female, being a daughter, the way PTSD engraves itself upon us, altering us body and mind, majorly shaping our experience of our own lives. A powerful book.” —Michelle Tea author of Black Wave “Chelsey Clammer’s new book of essays, Circadian, is a lyrical, playful, and delightfully idiosyncratic exploration of everyday wonder, language, and the ‘poetics of pain.’ Her voice is surefooted and smart, deftly guiding her reader through rich landscapes of memory and meaning; but it’s also equally critical and confrontational, holding a light up to experiences that demand our witness and daring us to think deeply.” —Steven Church author of One with the Tiger Nonfiction Editor for The Normal School CIRCADIAN essays CHELSEY CLAMMER Red Hen Press | Pasadena, CA Circadian Copyright © 2017 by Chelsey Clammer All Rights Reserved No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without the prior written permission of both the publisher and the copyright owner. Book layout by Cassidy Trier Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Clammer, Chelsey, author. Title: Circadian : essays / Chelsey clammer. Description: First edition. | Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2017] Identifiers: LCCN 2017011410 | ISBN 9781597096034 (pbk. : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781597095709 (Ebook) Classification: LCC PS3603.L348 A6 2017 | DDC 813/.6—dc23 LC record available at The National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Max Factor Family Foundation, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amazon Literary Partnership, and the Sherwood Foundation partially support Red Hen Press. First Edition Published by Red Hen Press ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Another Chicago Magazine: “Circadian”; Best New Writing: “TwentySix Junctures of How I Am a Part of You”; Black Warrior Review: “Mother Tongue”; Essay Daily: “Body of Work,” “Lying in the Lyric,” and “Trigger Happy”; Green Mountains Review: “Outline for Change”; Hobart: “Re: Collection”; TheJamesFrancoReview: “Then She Flew Away”; The Labletter: “I Could Title This Wavering”; New Delta Review: “On Three”; and Water~Stone Review: “A Striking Resemblance.” This page is left intentionally blank To all the strong women in my life who keep me going, again and again. This page is left intentionally blank ...


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