The Unbinding

By Wendy Vergoz

Foreword by Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner

The Unbinding

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  • ISBN: 9781532683954
  • Pages: 106
  • Publication Date: 9/23/2019
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The Unbinding

By Wendy Vergoz

Foreword by Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner

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  • ISBN: 9781532683954
  • Pages: 106
  • Publication Date: 9/23/2019
  • Retail Price: $14.00
Web Price: $11.20
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About-

The Unbinding chronicles a woman’s experience of finding her way through and out of a twenty-year marriage rooted in domestic violence, as well as her continued unbinding from trauma. The abuse she survives is particularly insidious due to the fact that she is married to a pastor, and thus it includes not just emotional, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, but also spiritual abuse. Settings and images of everyday life provide a gateway into a remarkable journey, the telling of which is vivid and dark, yet ultimately hopeful. The woman at the center of this journey survives due to her children—a manifestation to her of grace in the world—and her grit.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Wendy Vergoz’s poetry is an important and compelling eyewitness to the trauma of abuse. Breaking silence and shame, Vergoz gives powerful voice to the bound and wounded soul that discovers its ultimate unbinding and healing. This is a critical collection that deserves a wide audience.”

—Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Director, Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts, IUPUI Arts and Humanities



The Unbinding is a beautifully controlled cycle of poems depicting the abuse of a woman and its effects by a clergyman husband. Powerful, moving, and liberating for both poet and reader, it will inspire other women to tell their stories and enlighten men. The title sequence, in which the author communes as victim with Isaac, son of Abraham, is a brilliant gem that transforms her into a survivor whose truth-telling opens the way to healing.”

—Norbert Krapf, author of Catholic Boy Blues and Shrinking the Monster



“Vergoz’s poetry sings with grief and rage. It vividly shows the desecration caused by rape and domestic violence and speaks truth with absolute courage. This healing testimony links personal to political, and inner to outer world. Here is both the story of one woman’s determined journey toward healing and a starkly honest narrative of cultural violence affecting all women’s lives.”

—Liza Hyatt, poet and author of Under My SkinThe Mother Poems, and Once There Was a Canal



“Even though the poetic style is quite different, I am reminded of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s ‘Terrible Sonnets,’ filled with angst and doubt and the torture of God’s silence. Wendy Vergoz rehearses these themes, which are as old as poetry itself, but she asks the questions in a new context, startling, disturbing, anchored in the fallen world but simultaneously reaching toward a particularly elusive deus absconditus.”

—Jill Peláez Baumgaertner, Professor of English Emerita, Wheaton College



“Wendy Vergoz’s The Unbinding captures the loneliness and isolation, the rage and confusion of an abusive marriage in vivid, disquieting imagery that at times piles up and contradicts and interrupts itself, as if the words themselves are trying to understand what happened to her. Yet, throughout, she finds a blessed thread of grace in small moments with her children and in the natural world. The urgency, rawness, courage, and luminosity in Vergoz’s story of abuse are great and necessary gifts, not only to those who have experienced it, but to those of us who love them and want to support them in reclaiming their lives.”

—Barbara Shoup, author of A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life

Contributors-

Wendy Vergoz
Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner

Bio(s)-

Wendy Vergoz is Assistant Professor of English at Marian University. She has received grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana Campus Compact. Her poems have been published in Pink Panther Magazine, Panoply, Cleaver Magazine, The Christian Century, Flying Island, and Anglican Theological Review. They have appeared in exhibitions at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Christian Theological Seminary, the Harrison Center, and Gallery 308 in Muncie, Indiana.

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