the meatgirl whatever

the meatgirl whatever

by Kristin Hatch

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Overview

Winner of the National Poetry Series.

The poems in Kristin Hatch's debut collection ooze with the viscus of shattered reality. Bodily, almost animalistic, they flirt with apocalypse, accumulate like diary entries from a madman's kitchen where knife blades hover near the jugular. "This is a documentary," writes K. Silem Mohammad, who selected this book for the National Poetry Series, "or these poems are promotional cartoon avatars, installations of a longer, live-action Emmy-winning series in which glee and melancholy, revulsion and beauty, lyric and satire, living flesh and chopped-up meat combine in sinister gurlesque fantasia." A terrifying and necessary first book.

From "annunciation":

bent, he talked me through all my tied, big like i was kansas or a diagram sketched with arrows pointing to my special parts with "trick" and "murder" spelled out in clean, legible type. his documentary voice uncled at my ankles.

my legs folded back for him & he'd say my mouth was a hauntbag. he could take the willows from my lungs. i hated himbut i begged for it in the underhang & the bad would bang into bird shapes & every time my ugly became less ugly, ours. for a while, the mirrors were too thick with it to see through.

after he left, i picked at my at my toes & tried to get ancient. stungdumb, & gnarled against that autumn, i sat barefoot to imagine his arm hair—all of it shuttering like wheat in a stormfield—featherlight little marys—a legless army, aghast at god & beginning to show.

Kristin Hatch has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, and Indiana Review. Her chapbook, through the hour glass, is forthcoming from CutBank and is about the soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934200728
Publisher: Fence Magazine, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: National Poetry Series
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kristin Hatch has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in various journals including the Black Warrior Review, the Colorado Review and the Indiana Review. Her chapbook, through the hour glass, is forthcoming from CutBank and is about the soap opera Days of our Lives.

Table of Contents

meatgirl training shift #1 1

Kitchen 2

the bitches 3

chef 4

lunch prep 5

accident 6

sign of the beefcarver poem 7

sign of the beefcarver poem 8

magix basket Sundays 9

hunger haven 10

because of his whites 12

airport 13

the biggest thing is how everyone is sad 14

city sadthing 15

city of (the prodigal) 17

before all this other stuff happened 18

when i was giant 19

corpse flower 20

broken tulip 21

voodoo lily 22

operation 23

the bedstand burlesque 24

wolfmouth 25

the gina days 26

photoshoot 27

pretty poem 28

poem 29

the bridge 30

poem 32

little 33

marchpoem 34

sometimes my arms bend back 35

porch poem 36

paul giamatti's face 37

there is only joey potter 38

for madeline 39

snow white 40

ariel 41

cinderellas 42

narrative 44

lovenote to my undertaker 45

love poem 46

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