Dwellers is a love letter to a girlhood that is often overlooked: the girlhood that occurs in poor, rural America, where ghosts are seemingly everywhere and family is fleeting. Dwellers is a collection of poems about finding one's own version of femininity while being reminded that Hell is real.
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Powerful, moving, clear-eyed, and unforgettable, the poems in Megan Mary Moore 's Dwellers tread the space between the ordinary and the uncanny, between the abject and the marvelous, between the grisly and the numinous with lines like "Blue: the color spit down to us from / the man in the moon." Here the poems present the body as marked by gender and the violence of patriarchy, speak through the lens of girlhood, and poverty. Cinematic, sharp, and haunting, the poems read like murder ballads, David Lynch-style. This is an astonishing collection.
--Hoa Nguyen, author of Violet Energy Ingots