Born-again Anything: Poems

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Texas Review Press, 2019 - Poetry - 44 pages
In her debut chapbook, Kara Krewer comes of age amidst poverty, family tragedy, and a cast of characters both grotesque and relatable. Born-Again Anything explores what it means to grow up queer in the rural South, to leave, and to return. These poems search for meaning in contradiction: of both loving and struggling against landscapes, people, and upbringing.

Set against a backdrop of big cities and small towns, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, as well as the orchards of Krewer's native rural Georgia, Born-Again Anything is a keen and honest look at the American coming-of-age journey. Krewer's eye is fresh and her subjects varied: cornfields, supermarkets, collard greens, and animals in silent movies. And always in these poems, Krewer is looking at us, people who wander through our lives carrying unknown stories. These poems give voices to the people we pass every day without much thought. Krewer's talent lies in her ability to show us who we are, in sympathy, and without judgment.

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About the author (2019)

KARA KREWER was raised on an orchard in rural Georgia. Her poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2017, West Branch, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Purdue University, where she was editor-in-chief of Sycamore Review and taught creative writing, composition, and film studies. She is a former 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Georgia, where she's a Presidential Fellow.

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