Winner of the 2020 Wicked Woman Book Prize. Mostly Human’s central character, Round Baby—plump infant, tumescent teen—rules these poems. Round Baby is the Gen-X offspring of the ERASERHEAD baby and Love’s Baby Soft, herald of the darkly absurd late 20th century. These poems are as crafted as a spacecraft and brave enough to “hip-check the charming abyss.”
Sheila Squillante directs the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her husband, their children, and a rangy, growing home of pets and plants, domestic and wild.
Sheila Squillante’s MOSTLY HUMAN is at once lovely and harrowing. These poems follow Round Baby through childhood and adolescence as she discovers desire and death and the limits of her physical and emotional being amidst television shows and pop music and global disaster. . . . This book is scary beautiful. --W. Todd Kaneko
These poems are as crafted as a spacecraft and brave enough to "hip-check the charming abyss." --Diane Seuss
I got chills at Sheila Squillante’s first collection, BEAUTIFUL NERVE, and thrills watching Round Baby . . .emerge in various journals before finally coalescing here in MOSTLY HUMAN. -- Heidi Czerwiec