I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World (American Poets Continuum #185) (Paperback)
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The first poem in this profound, sometimes daffy collection is titled "I Pump Milk Like a Boss," and the very last word in this book is "need." Between those two endpoints, Kendra DeColo does with the sacred and profane what few others can do, in poems that are as sacred and likely much more profane than any you'll read this year.— Steve
The Southern Review of Books's Best Southern Books of April 2021
Punk-rock feminist poems exploring motherhood, pop culture, and resistance with a spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy
Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore. These poems interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicolas Cage, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World revitalizes the way we look at mothering: pushing its boundaries and reclaiming one's spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy.