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Author Cooley, Nicole.

Title The afflicted girls : poems / Nicole Cooley.

Published Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, 2004.

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 UniM Bail  811.54 COOLEY    AVAILABLE
Physical description 50 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Archival: Silence 1 -- 'Reasons to be Considered for ... the Intended Plantation in New England,' 1629 / John Winthrop 2 -- An Alphabet of Lessons for Girls 3 -- Great Migration, 1630 4 -- Prophecy 5 -- Directions for Ordering the Voice 7 -- Outbreak 8 -- Afflicted Girls 9 -- Archival: Fantasy 10 -- Testimony: The Parris House 11 -- Testimony: The Wake of History 13 -- Testimony: Bride of Christ 16 -- Publick Fast on Account of the Afflicted: March 31, 1692 18 -- Testimony: The Mother 20 -- Testimony: Spectral Evidence 22 -- Mather Boys 23 -- Witness, Recantation 24 -- He or His Apparition 25 -- Testimony: Escape, July 30, 1692 26 -- Sabbath Fragment 29 -- Testimony: The Invisible World 30 -- Mary Warren's Sampler 31 -- Archival: The Devil's Book 32 -- Archival: Video Diary 33 -- Waste Book 34 -- Afflicted Girls, New Orleans, 1978 36 -- People vs. Bridget Bishop, July 1999 37 -- Witness Tree 38 -- Testimony: Talk Through Her Body 40 -- Genealogy 41 -- Archive of the Future 42 -- Archival: In the Reading Room 44 -- Salem Witch Trials Memorial 45 -- Archival: Error, Imprint, Tear 46.
Summary Twenty individuals were executed and more than 150 imprisoned. The historical body of evidence that remains from the Salem witch trials of 1692 touched the hands, mind, and imagination of poet Nicole Cooley, compelling her to seek entry to an inaccessible past of lies. The Afflicted Girls, so named after the young women who claimed to be victims of witchcraft, spans the centuries to give voice to those both audible and silent on history's pages--accusers and accused of several kinds: wife and husband, servant and master, congregant and minister, and, not least, "bewitched" and "witch." Piercing, enchanting, Cooley's poems form a remarkable narrative, one that displays the enormous cultural power the Salem witch trials retain in twenty-first-century America.
Subject Trials (Witchcraft) -- Poetry.
Witchcraft -- Poetry.
Salem (Mass.) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Poetry.
ISBN 0807129453 (alk. paper)
0807129461 (paperback: alk. paper)