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A Beautiful Name for a Girl
Poetry. Human identity testing itself: are the speakers of these poems mother, teacher, creative artist--or are they merely bones to be sorted and juggled? The ramifications of identity ("we'd know... the translation / into mother to be exaltation. Murder, also") leap up sharply in the book's central poem, "Snuff Ballet," in which one speaker, a dancer, is tested by inquis ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published January 15th 2011 by Ahsahta Press
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This compelling set of poems has a lot to say about gender, women's roles, and women's creativity. Its beautifully-crafted language makes it accessible to readers even not comfortable reading poetry and the poem's tongue-in-cheek (and at times black) humor will add to the reader's understanding, or at least his/her discussion, of what it means to be a woman--to be a performance even when not performing, to be valued for your exterior, and you ovaries but not much else. Let's face it, there is a ...more
Kaschock is always brilliant. Her novel SLEIGHT is one of my favorite books in the past decade. Her first poetry collection UNFATHOMS shows the talent that this second collection confirms and that lead her forthcoming collection to win the AWP poetry prize. In all her work, Kaschock handles searingly painful topics, not with tongs, but bare-handed. Like Plath, she confronts the difficult and conflicted feelings associated with being a woman and a mother that popular culture often asks us to subm ...more