Publisher Marketing: [Poetry. Disability Studies. Politics.] In Sylvia Byrne Pollack's debut collection, RISKING IT, the titular poem asks "how to prepare for death." Pollack's science background and life experiences inform work that is ultimately joyful, with every pun intended. Her words sizzle even at the darkest subjects, whether pondering serum extracted from lab animals or her own cells gone amok. Through personae, the Deaf Woman and Letitia, she confronts hearing loss and mental illness with a researcher's precision and poet’s playfulness. RISKING IT is an invitation "to rip open the cocoon and emerge."