Taxidermy Mermaids, the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, and Other Marvels: An Evening of Poetry with Kathryn Nuernberger, Laura Read, Maya Jewell Zeller
Winner of the 2015 James Laughlin Award, Kathryn Nuernberger's The End of Pink is populated by strange characters--Bat Boy, automatons, taxidermied mermaids, snake oil salesmen, and Benjamin Franklin--all from the annals of science and pseudoscience.
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Poetry. Winner of the 2010 Antivenom Poetry Award. Contest judge, Jane Satterfield, had this to say about RAG & BONE: This is a poetry of pain and power...whether describing the precise coloration of fruit skin, the contours of memory, or secrets of Fatima which turn out to be 'cryptic mumbo jumbo, ' RAG & BONE reveals complicated truths with rare eloquence and wit.
This collection is divided into three sections. The first opens with the speaker’s reflections on her childhood loss of her father and subsequent move to a new house and a new life, a life in which she is always alert to the absences and danger but also a life in which she begins to see language as a kind of salvation.
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"Maya Zeller's American Northwest is a land of verdant sensuality, insistent yet fragile and intimate as it was in the eyes of Roethke, storied in mossy and weathered details, human ruin and hard won grace as it was in the heart of Kesey. With extraordinary veracity and empathy she inhabits the body and emerging consciousness of a girl and young woman alive to the lives around her.