By Brittany Cavallaro

The poems in Brittany Cavallaro’s Girl-King are whispered from in the back of a chain of mask, these of sufferer and aggressor, nineteenth-century madame and reluctant magician’s woman, of truck-stop Persephone and pissed off Tudor student. This “expanse of ladies, increasing nonetheless” chase one another via heritage, disappearing in an Illinois cornfield basically to re-emerge at the dissection desk of a Scottish artist-anatomist. yet those poems aren't simply attracted to ancient narrative: they peer, too, on the past’s marginalia, at its “blank pages” in addition to its “scrawls and dashes.” constantly, they go back to “the darkish, indelicate query” of strength and sexuality, of who can rule the “city the place not anyone is from.” those ladies look for the relationship among “alive and may remain that way,” among every one death superstar and the vacancy which could cave in everything.

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