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Requeening: Poems

Requeening: Poems

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A collection of poetry from the 2020 winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Ocean Vuong

Engaging the matriarchal structure of the beehive, Amanda Moore explores the various roles a woman plays in the family, the home, and the world at large. Beyond the productivity and excess, the sweetness and sting, Requeening brings together poems of motherhood and daughterhood, an evolving relationship of care and tending, responsibility and joy, dependence and deep love.

The poems that anchor this collection don't shy away from the inevitability of a hive's collapse and consider the succession of "requeening" a hive as "a new heart ready to be fed and broken and fed again." The collapse is both physical--there are poems of illness and recovery--and emotional, as the mother-daughter relationship shifts, the daughter becoming separate, whole, and poised to displace. The liminal spaces these poems traverse in human relationships is echoed in a range of poetic and hybrid form, offering freedom and stricture as they contemplate the way we hold one another in love and grief.

Requeening is a vivid and surprising collection of poems from a winner of the National Poetry Series Open Competition.

Author: Amanda Moore
Publisher: Ecco Press
Published: 10/26/2021
Pages: 112
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.35lbs
Size: 8.82h x 5.91w x 0.39d
ISBN: 9780063096288

About the Author
Moore, Amanda: -

Amanda Moore is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets, ZYZZYVA, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting. She teaches high school English and lives by the ocean in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco.

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