61_3_cover_front.jpgEXCERPT from Introduction:

Some may ask: Why poetry? Why respond in a kind of language where meaning is not always transparent, when the subject matter of sexual abuse might rather invite language that states categorically the terms of the experience, that does not allow for misinterpretation or ambiguity? Shouldn’t this be language that gets straight to the point rather than travelling slant, arriving wonky or misshapen? But, we ask, whose point would that language be arriving at? If it wasn’t women who shaped the vocabulary and syntax we widely recognize as legible, then following these forms could, for some, feel like another act of docility.

–Emily Critchley and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, 2018


One of my poems:

Last night at a Love’s
truck stop, a man
told me he would like
to slice me up,
boil and eat my liver
and rape me after,
I’m pretty sure,
in that order.
With his eyes
he spoke those words,
and if you don’t
believe me
(“How could you know
for sure?”)
then you’ve never been
a woman, or else.
The rain and the cows
don’t care.
The corn doesn’t
ask or doubt.
And there’s
a southern sadness
buried in everything
I pass down this dark
road driving tonight.

–Amy King



Kat Addis
Sascha Aurora Akhtar
Rachael Allen
Nuar Alsadir
Rae Armantrout
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
Zoë Brigley Thompson
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett
Mairéad Byrne
J.R. Carpenter
Sophie Collins
Jennifer Cooke
Emily Critchley
Alison Croggon
Amy Cutler
Jean Day
Carrie Etter
Amy Evans
Megan Fernandes
Kai Fierle-Hedrick
Heather Fuller
Isabel Galleymore
Susana Gardner
Susan Gevirtz
Elizabeth Guthrie
Sarah Hayden
Susan Howe
Jacqueline Kari
Amy King
Deirdre Kovac
Louise Landes Levi
Agnes Lehoczky
Jazmine Linklater
Francesca Lisette
So Mayer
Carol Mirakove
Kathryn Mockler
Marianne Morris
Erín Moure
Charlotte Newman
Sandeep Parmar
Frances Presley
Jèssica Pujol Duran
Sina Queyras
Nat Raha
Nisha Ramayya
Joan Retallack
Christie Ann Reynolds
Susan M. Schultz
Connie Scozzaro
Sophie Seita
Zoë Skoulding
Rosie Šnajdr
Verity Spott
Rebecca Tamás
Elizabeth Treadwell
Catherine Wagner
Rosmarie Waldrop
Samantha Walton
Carol Watts
Emilia Weber
Elizabeth Willis
Sara Wintz
Elisabeth Workman

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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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