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What Runs Over

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Born from the isolation of rural Pennsylvania, a life of homeschooling, and psychological and physical domestic abuse, Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s memoir in verse, What Runs Over, demands attention. Unfurling and unrelenting in its delivery, Candrilli has painted “the mountain” in excruciating detail. They show readers a world of Borax cured bear hides and canned peaches, of ur ...more
Paperback, 97 pages
Published December 2017 by YesYes Books
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
So beautiful, smart, raw. If I weren’t so overly-saturated in poetry right now, I think I’d love this. I’ll come back to it someday, I think.
Claudia Cortese
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A memoir in verse about growing up queer in Appalachia, this book hooked me from the start. Each poem is untitled and understated, yet each bursts open with a story of trauma or coming out or trying to survive living on a mountain with an abusive father. I love this book
aeryne james
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
so good
Sarah Cheshire
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
stunning and haunting
I cannot recommend this enough. Slamming, gentle, thorny poetry that I guarantee will speak to you in some way.
Carly Miller
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow, what a book. Candrilli takes us into the mountains and forests of childhood pit against coming-of-age via realizing who they are and who they can become once given their own autonomy. "Hunger is all the woods left in me," Candrilli writes. I gobbled this book, its woods, its language, up.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is such an ambitious piece and there is so much about it that I enjoyed. As with any collection, some pieces were more successful than others, but there's great trajectory and development throughout, and definitely doesn't pull its punches.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A shattering debut of survival, of rural queerness & its violences. Kaveh Akbar described it as "so full of energy it practically vibrates in your hand" & I couldn't agree more. What Runs Over is the kind of book you read in one sitting & come out of gasping. All of the trigger warnings.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece! Kayleb draws the reader into their world so intimately, and once you see that world through the eyes of the main character, you need to escape it as desperately they did. They've crafted a truly important memoir.
Jackie Papanier
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow y’all. I’ve never read a more dazzling, hauntingly enchanting, cinematic book. It’s ravishing & I guarantee you’ll love the way this book slams & climaxes.
Mercedes Rathswohl
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an extremely powerful, albeit disturbing, book of poetry.
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not very cohesive even for an autobiographical work idk didn't really grab me sorry
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Kayleb Rae Candrilli is author of What Runs Over, winner of the 2016 Pamet River Prize, with YesYes Books. What Runs Over is a 2017 Lambda Literary finalist for Transgender Poetry. Candrilli is also author of All the Gay Saints, winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Prize and forthcoming in 2019.

Candrilli has served as the nonfiction editor of the Black Warrior Review and as a feature editor for NAN
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