About the Book
“The body commands you go rest after trauma.” Eden Orlando's My Perfect Offering: A Novel in Poems (2021) takes place in Ashland, Oregon, and sweeps through the traumas of estrangement from family, pregnancy and abortion, love gained and scorned, homelessness, racism, and mental illness, and ends in the midst of the Almeda fires and pandemic of 2020. Her healing process is reflected in her paintings, collages, and painted dresses, paired with her poems. Flower medicine, and all its associated metaphors of romance, sexuality, pregnancy, artistic power, growth and self-love theme this book. My Perfect Offering refers to that which we create, from children to art, and the grace that comes when we vulnerably share these gifts.