Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks
By Kittie Belltree
Sliced Tongue and Pearl Cufflinks explores fractured connections of self, family and home, laying bare the devastating impact of traumatization against language and
identity in its unflinching quest to communicate the
brittle reality of everyday life at the edge. The destructive forces of suicide, insomnia, self-harm, and abuse are given order through the creative drive of poetic forms. At the heart of this collection are a daughter’s fraught relationships with her half Japanese father, who survived three years as a POW in Czechoslovakia, and a mother who grew up in National Socialist
Germany, and whose unspoken traumas haunted the fabric of family life.