Toxic Flora: Poems
from "On Deceit as Survival"
Yet another species resembles
a female bumble bee,
ending in frustrated trysts--
or appears to be two fractious males
which also attracts--no surprise--
a third curious enough to join the fray.
What to make of highly evolved Beauty
bent on deception as survival--
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About the AuthorKimiko Hahn is the author of ten collections of poems. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Voelcker Award, and a Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation, Queens College, City University of New York, and lives in Queens.
She is a superb lyric poet.
She is a superb lyric poet. "
These sharp, gut-punching lyrics quote from and/or borrow the diction of science writing in order to investigate more personal issues . . . but the real thrill comes not from Hahn's personal revelations but from the ways they dovetail so surprisingly with contemporary scientific observations.... This may be Hahn's best book to date. "