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An Animal I Can't Name

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Paperback, 29 pages
Published April 2016 by Two of Cup Press
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Melissa Engberg
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The poems in this collection are both gruesome and beautiful, as so many true things are. I am mystified by the cleverness of the structures used here-- how I slip from line to line without a moment of awkwardness, and have to go back again, asking, "how did she DO that?"
The author's passion for the complexities and burdens of female identities come to a crescendo in these poems- poems that do not look away from anything. These poems make demands, and you are the better for having acknowledged
Brandon Jennings
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Raegen Pietrucha's An Animal I Can't Name is, among other things, a chapbook of poems for readers fascinated by the mythology of childhood, and how myth might affect us so deeply in childhood that we cannot dissociate ourselves from its magic and mystery long after we've become adults. That's not to say this book is one filled with fantastical heroic couplets about heroines and goddesses, though; this book blends myth with the everyday and takes us on a journey from poem to poem that ends in an ...more
Roger DeBlanck
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
When you finish Raegan Pietrucha's intimate volume of poetry, An Animal I Can't Name, you will know why it deserved to win the 2015 "Two of Cups Press Chapbook Contest." Pietrucha addresses the stark and solemn reality of abuse with language and verse that pack a confessional punch. She makes us hear and feel the haunting force of abuse as "a hiss of memory/ unzipping, something horrible swelling." The painful shame of hiding secrets is a dominant theme, handled with candor and honesty from the ...more
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This short volume throbs with the pain of personal abuse that is expressed with a refreshing, forthright civility. In the concluding poem,"Ravenfather," the poet tells us how she never escapes "the darkness hidden under sheer wings" that she sees refracted in the landscape:

Father, sometimes I saw your black pain flapping.
But birds can never remain in sky.

And how her words, “this pitchy songs,” fortify her.

“Pray” gives one a fair estimate of how much courage this poet has, and it is a lot. She
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