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4.44  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Claire Hero’s manuscript “afterpastures” was chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winning entrant in the 2007 Caketrain Chapbook Competition. Here, corporeality shatters in flux, body and identity transmogrified so constantly as to seem a form of gesture, a language, a dance. The world of afterpastures is an infinite series of portals, new wombs in which a thing pulled through ...more
paperback, 48 pages
Published 2008 by Caketrain

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I haven't read a lot of poetry, so I think I went into this a little intimidated. The form and language is very experimental, at least to me, and this made it a little hard to follow the first time around. This is very short though, at only 40 or so pages, so I was able to just flip right back to the beginning and read the poems again, this time, aloud. This really helped both my understanding of the poems and my enjoyment.

The theme that ties all of the poems in this pamphlet together is the id
I read this when I came across Caketrain's website last year. There's something about this chapbook that is haunting and really fun to read. The wordplay of poetry that I hardly understand makes this very interesting and thought provoking. It paints pictures in my head better than a novel can. This book is why I love poetry. I recommend it to any poetry fan.
Sep 06, 2010 Farren rated it really liked it
Into the animal and back out the other side, where there's a deep calm and unsettling vantage of the natural world. The only thing this book lacks is prolonged experiment, as in--pls to hav 80 moar pages, thx.
Dec 06, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing

from afterpastures:

to hunger, to heat beating
its bloodnoise
through cellwalls
of tomorrow’s marrow,

we farrow, feral-
lettered, a future:

thin thing, re-
all knee & milkteeth

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I think reading this at five o'clock in the morning may have hampered my understanding/enjoyment of this chapbook. I'll have to read it again. When not awake at such a horrific hour.
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Bone-cracking fun.
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