Dec. 5 – Molly McCully Brown -VA State Colony [Advent Calendar]

The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2017
Advent Calendar
December 5

 

*** Best Poetry Book ***

 

The Virginia State Colony
for Epileptics and Feebleminded:
Poems

Molly McCully Brown

 
Paperback: Persea Books, 2017
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“Molly McCully Brown’s first book of poems, ‘The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded,’ is part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread. It arrives as if clutching a spray of dead flowers. It is beautiful and devastating.

The title refers to an actual place. The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded was a government-run residential hospital in Amherst County, Va. It opened in 1910.

Its doctors were eugenicists. From the mid-1920s through the mid-1950s, thousands of patients, seen as defectives and moral nonentities, were sterilized without their consent. For many if not most of its residents, it was a house of horrors.”

 

*****LISTEN to an interview that
McCully Brown did with NPR’s Terry Gross

 

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