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Seeping out of the tightly controlled composition of each poem, Mammal Room‘s speaker tentatively but sometimes violently tests the physical confines that surround her. Moments of anger, violence, and resignation move in and out of each poem and work to fracture her speaker’s baseline tranquility in the search for connection in a place where distance and alienation prevail. Evans beautifully crafts each poem like a sturdy room, built so perfectly around the wildness and vulnerability of all that lives within.
Kristen Evans is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in ILK, Denver Quarterly, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, and other journals. She lives in Boston.