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.
Reviews & Interviews
The Kenyon Review- https://kenyonreview.org/reviews/brazen-creature-by-anne-barngrover-738439/
Memorious Magazine- https://memoriousmag.wordpress.com/2019/09/27/poetry-spotlight-anne-barngrover/
Publishers Weekly- https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781629220802