Symphony for the Cutters, by P. R. Dyjak

Symphony for the Cutters, by P. R. Dyjak

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Dyjak takes no prisoners in this searing examination of a culture of trauma that originates in the family and spirals out. This is an author willing to risk baring her soul, and steeped in the leading edge of her craft. Dyjak is determined to pry off the tightly nailed doors of our dark basements and let the light pour in, and in doing so she spins our suffering into art.

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Dyjak takes no prisoners in this searing examination of a culture of trauma that originates in the family and spirals out.

i remember how uncle came to family gathering as usual,
as usual …
i remember how one time
when his kids were grown, he said
child molesters should be castrated.
and i wanted to ask him, but didn’t.
and i wanted to ask him, but didn’t.
and i wanted to ask him, in front of all
his friends and family if
he had castrated himself.
— excerpt, “i remember”

This is an author willing to risk baring her soul, and steeped in the leading edge of her craft. Dyjak is determined to pry off the tightly nailed doors of our dark basements and let the light pour in, and in doing so she spins our suffering into art.

you dreamed
you dreamed new dreams
and woke-up in the same place
knowing
why Cinderella has no story once she’s gained the castle
suspecting that Rapunzel
bricked-up her own door.
— excerpt, “Woman Without a Country”