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 show linguistic dexterity and mastery of shape because the poet mixes lyrical paragraphs, sonnets, and interview-style poems with loose 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, do we distil the purple threads, cloth, black ball cap, the smell 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 japanese Kentucky, tracing her trip right into a wider international of expertise. whereas the early poems are steeped in Appalachian speech and tradition -- a hybrid of a kid's diction and neighborhood dialect -- the language shifts because the assortment progresses, turning into extra average. The speaker engages with tough matters surrounding gender and violence in modern existence and explores what it ability 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 might surprise, contact, and bewilder readers whereas giving voice to an underrepresented and even perhaps remarkable viewpoint in poetry.

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