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    Shapero writes in an urgent vernacular that flirts, stings, implores and demands with apparent abandon."--Houston Chronicle "Shapero's poetics has real-world import for the way we use language to talk about messy things."-Volta Thought-provoking and sardonically expressive, Shapero is a self-proclaimed "hard child"-unafraid of directly addressing bleakness as she continually asks what it means to be human and to bring new life into the world. Hard Child is musical and argumentative, deadly serious yet tinged with self-parody, evoking the spirit of Plath while remaining entirely its own. From Hot Streak Actually it's ridiculous to opine on what kind of a dog I would be, were I ever a dog, as I don't contain within me half enough life to power a dog. I WOULD BE A DEAD DOG, THAT'S WHAT KIND, or maybe a mere industrial object boasting a low-grade animation, some odd beep or flicker, like a dryer or a bulb. So, sure, I could be a reluctant bulb, the only one still offering light in an otherwise burnt-out fixture bolted hard to a row house porch. And all those moths, with no other place to die. Can't they murder themselves on someone else?

    • Machine generated contents note: PART 1
    • My Hand and Cold
    • Hard Child
    • Absence, That Which Never
    • Obligatory Making of Amends
    • What Will She Go As?
    • On Magic
    • Not Horses
    • You Look Like I Feel
    • Radio Science
    • Monster
    • Former Dancer
    • Mostly I Don't Want to Have a Son
    • -Old Ad
    • Passion in Public
    • Low Light
    • Secret Animal
    • Person's Ocean
    • Mind of Popular Pictures
    • Four Flashes
    • I Am Not Built for Dead
    • Seven Wounds in Two People
    • Winter Injury
    • Screens and Storms
    • Bath or Escape
    • Rondeau with Shouting Attributed to John Connally
    • Red
    • PART 2
    • Teacup This
    • Hot Streak
    • All Night to Be Bought Out
    • Home Scale
    • Survive Me
    • Were You Lying Then or Are You Lying Now
    • Was This the Face
    • Easy Part Was Hard
    • No Radio
    • Beauty School
    • Passing and Violence
    • You'd Better Run
    • God Only
    • For Later
    • Outside Less
    • Duplex
    • Can't Go Anywhere
    • Reformation Window
    • Form, Save for My Own
    • Mostly Rasputin
    • Low Blow
    • Ten What
    • Sky.
    Subject(s): Poetry | American Poetry
    Original Publisher: Port Townsend, Washington, Copper Canyon Press
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781556595097, 1556595093
    Collection(s)/Series: Griffin Poetry Prize 2018