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Brazen Creature

Anne Barngrover


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Brazen Creature spans a young woman's awakening. The poems' concerns are twofold: violence against women and girls that has become rooted in the land, and verdant female desire and self-assertion in the face of entrenched oppression.

In the poems' Midwestern towns and farmlands, patriarchy is a ghost that haunts the cottonwoods, soybean fields, and creek beds. The speaker is in limbo between fear and yearning, vulnerability and transgression, drought and flood, saving a life and needing to be saved.

University of Akron Press, 9781629220802, 72pp.

Publication Date: April 23, 2018

About the Author

Anne Barngrover is the author of Yell Hound Blues (Shipwreckt Books, 2013) and coauthor, with poet Avni Vyas, of the chapbook Candy in Our Brains (CutBank, 2014). Her poems have appeared in Ecotone, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, Indiana Review, and others. Barngrover earned her MFA from Florida State University and her Ph.D. from University of Missouri. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Saint Leo University and lives in Tampa, Florida.