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Bad Daughter explores misbehavior—its risky pleasures and often tragic consequences—through poems about “bad” daughters, sisters, and their mothers. What happens to the sister who obeys? What if a daughter refuses her inheritance? Can she? What sanctuary and what limits do worship and domesticity provide? Gorham adopts several lyric forms—‘morality tales,’ ironic prayers, scaled-down sonnets, sharp meditations on concepts such as envy, detachment, and immortality—to show that the self as forged by generations of women and girls is both subversive and enduring.
Four Way Books, 9781935536161, 84pp.
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
About the Author
Award winning poet SARAH GORHAM has published three previous collections. She is the director of Sarabande Books in Louisville.
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