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Movement & Voice in Mara Vahratian’s “In this great wide country” with K.B. McElhatten

In Mara Vahratian’s Hicks Poetics statement, she claims her poetry is  “built around movement.”  She wants her poems “to move and stall and be expansive and subjective and feel lived-in and new.” This is a promise on which Vahratian repeatedly … Continue reading

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On Violence and Vulnerability in Carolyn Hembree’s “Pig” with K.B. McElhatten

When writing about “Pig,” it’s hard to use the words enjoy, like, or favoritelines. The poem makes me uncomfortable and uneasy, and the violence of it makes these words feel wrong. Instead, I will use the word amaze. What amazes … Continue reading

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