By Rachel Danielle Peterson
Haunting and candid, A Girl's A Gun introduces a poet whose daring voice merges heightened lyricism with compelling narrative. Steeped in storytelling traditions, the poems in Rachel Danielle Peterson's debut assortment express linguistic dexterity and mastery of shape because the poet mixes lyrical paragraphs, sonnets, and interview-style poems with loose verse.
Hey Yvonne! The memoree of a few strangerhis shoulder's shadow plunges inta our position: thunk, thunk. Run! Mother's vowels pierce haze.
Mother, will we distil the crimson threads, cloth, black ball cap, the smell of Bud mild, fills the door she walks via, airborne dirt and dust, Mamma. dirt is all we is
Taken jointly, the poems current the coming-of-age tale of a woman born within the mountains of rural jap Kentucky, tracing her trip right into a wider international of expertise. whereas the early poems are steeped in Appalachian speech and tradition -- a hybrid of a kid's diction and neighborhood dialect -- the language shifts because the assortment progresses, turning into extra commonplace. The speaker engages with demanding concerns surrounding gender and violence in modern lifestyles and explores what it potential to be an artist in a tradition that favors a literal interpretation of fact. Exploring problems with id, position, and the decision to create, this assortment tackles topics that might surprise, contact, and bewilder readers whereas giving voice to an underrepresented and maybe even remarkable standpoint in poetry.
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