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 unfastened 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 red threads, textile, black ball cap, the scent of Bud gentle, fills the door she walks via, dirt, Mamma. dirt is all we is
Taken jointly, the poems current the coming-of-age tale of a lady born within the mountains of rural jap Kentucky, tracing her trip right into a wider global of expertise. whereas the early poems are steeped in Appalachian speech and tradition -- a hybrid of a kid's diction and local dialect -- the language shifts because the assortment progresses, changing into extra regular. The speaker engages with challenging concerns surrounding gender and violence in modern existence and explores what it capability to be an artist in a tradition that favors a literal interpretation of truth. Exploring problems with identification, position, and the decision to create, this assortment tackles matters that would surprise, contact, and bewilder readers whereas giving voice to an underrepresented and even perhaps unheard of viewpoint in poetry.
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