Farmer, Antagonist

by Robyn Art

Winner of the 2015 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Selected by Jennifer L. Knox.

“The poems in Farmer, Antagonist move in two ways simultaneously:

  1. Forward via astonishing leaps in syntax, then organization, then logic
  2. Backward in phrases that echo historically and culturally but have been deftly subverted by the poet

That ain’t easy! If her poems were sculpture, they would be a familiar shape made out of something unexpected. A gun made out of twigs. A toothbrush made out of worms. She bends the words to her will. I marvel at their final shapes.”

—Jennifer L. Knox



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