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Excerpts

From Origami Striptease

From Stricken

from Pathogenesis:

Scientific Method

The Professor Makes a Diagnosis

Twilight Rooms

Short List of Common Pesticides


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"Peggy Munson’s Pathogenesis is forthright and magical in its scope. The minute ascends to the monumental—moth to God; very little escapes the sharp, perceptive eye of this thoughtful poet. A sober music gives shape to the insistent pulse of this book, and each poem dovetails to highlight the collection’s overall vision. Every trope is a probe that divines vicissitude." - Yusef Komunyakaa

Peggy Munson is speaking out of the void. Her language is cutting-edge and ontic, her subject matter shatters convention. This poetry is wise beyond any years -- it truly transcends mere time. It is free from a lot of the burden of contemporary poetry conventions, and exists like a small island in the fiery sun, alone, yet willing to be utterly beautiful, utterly strange, and utterly itself. - Noelle Kocot

Melancholia. Witch hunt. Sinking spell. Mass panic. The diseases that chase us down. The scrupulous craft of them. A poetry that doesn't let go. "A textbook case." The Plath-like sharpness and blinding clarity. Peggy Munson's Pathogenesis is rich, powerful, and strange, possessed of a stylistic brilliance and extraordinary humanism: "I would rather speak in tongue clicks and superlunary broomsticks than utter words of hate." - Gillian Conoley

Peggy Munson's intriguing, kaleidoscopic poems transport the reader into a tough- and tender-hearted world of blood, illness, medical authoritarianism, and stubborn life force. Here, "illness is not metaphor," but a presence, an atmosphere, a window into experiences to which no mortal, ultimately, is immune. These poems shine a much-needed light on these sick times. - Gerry Gomez Pearlberg

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Winner of the Project Queerlit Prize ~ Lambda Literary Award Finalist

"A seductive, often raunchy fantasy of the disarming effects of love and trouble." - Curve Magazine

"This book reads like poetry and left me stunned wtih writer's envy." - Erotica Revealed

"Reading Origami Striptease by Peggy Munson reminded me of the first time I read Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body. Like then, I wanted to read passages of Origami to everyone. Munson is a kick-ass novelist to watch out for." - Books to Watch Out For

"Origami Striptease reads like William S. Burroughs and Djuna Barnes howling at a brutal paper moon." - Susan Stinson

Munson is a stylist extraordinaire and the story she tells here will leave you wide-eyed, spent, unnerved. You have been warned." - Rebecca Brown

A powerful, even mythic, tale of love and transformation. - Patrick Califia

I really admire Peggy Munson's Origami Striptease. It's a good, dirty book. - Eileen Myles

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“The single best book I've read that honestly and fully describes the CFIDS experience.”- Massachusetts CFIDS Update

"This is a book that leaves you changed after you’ve read it, it’s so powerful and compelling." - A Hummingbird's Guide to ME

"One of the very best books on the topic and a must-read for people with CFS, their friends and family, and the public. " - National Fibromyalgia Association