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Written after the death of his mother, Donte Collins’s Autopsy establishes the poet as one of the most important voices in the next generation of American poetry. As the book unfolds, the reader journeys alongside the author through grief and healing.


Named the Most Promising Young Poet in the country by the Academy of American Poets, Collins’s work has consistently wowed audiences. Autopsy propels that work onto the national stage. In the words of the author, the book is a spring thaw — the new life alongside the old, the good cry and the release after.

The work of creating scars and incisions was already accomplished by the outside world, Collins, the writer, is simply adding emphasis. Autopsy is a heart wrenching reveal in which the author lay bare as soil and seed and scar and story through a journey filled with play, pain and poetic form. A body of work about the body's work, this collection of poems is one that will leave you clutching your chest upon completion.

- Tish Jones, Founder and Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks

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These poems are meditations on grief, but they do not try to change it, banish it, exploit it, or “make sense of” it; they simply sit with it. For anyone who has lost someone…this space is immeasurably important. 

- Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, author of A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry