Dumbheart / Stupidface by Cooper Wilhelm


ISBN: 978-1-937865-95-5
92 pages
Release Date: November 13, 2017
Siren Songs / Civil Coping Mechanisms

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  • Review at Gnome School
  • Review by Stephen Furlong at Five2One
  • Excerpt at Talking Book
  • Interview with Leza Cantoral on Get Lit with Leza
  • Interview with Joanna C. Valente at CopingWith

Dumbheart / Stupidface is a spirited new book by Cooper Wilhelm. It has all the intensity and bravado youth can muster, it hits hard.”
—Peter Gizzi

“Good love stories aren’t interesting to read about. Thankfully, Dumbheart / Stupidface provides a wonderful reprieve; Wilhelm writes the brutal truths of what it means to love someone with a detached ferocity generally observed in nature, as when a tiger devours a deer. And it is as exciting to watch.”
—Bijan Stephen

“Here’s where good things go get desperate, Cooper Wilhelm writes. Reading his work is like reading a palm—there is the heart, there is the hurt, and there—right there— is the possibility. It’s a beautiful experience, but it’s also painful to watch the gouging-out of the self; the vulnerability leaves such salt on your lips. I even cried as I read this: And I wept as the gendarmes chained/my hooves with whips, because I saw a poetry that sang loudly and held nothing back. Be not afraid. This collection is an antidote to the hiding-away of truth: our lovers and how they might destroy us, our blood and how it might kill us, our ancestors and how they pool through us. Every poem is a tomb and a light.”
​—Lisa Marie Basile​