Winner of the 2019 Interim Test Site Poetry Series Prize
Riddle Field tackles the complex process of self-awareness and recovery in the wake of profound sexual trauma. In the interweaving voices of a fictional town that is about to be changed forever by the destruction of a dam, these emotional poems highlight the environment that sexual trauma is born from and call attention to the many ways in which we create intimacy and distance when our trauma is kept secret. As the voices of characters comingle on the page, a series of impressions, memories, needs, and desires emerge that circle around—but scarcely ever comment directly on—sexual abuse. This body of poetry captures the confusion and fatigue involved in piecing oneself back together when it becomes apparent trauma must be kept secret but can no longer be ignored.