by MEGAN PEAK
Winner of the 2018 Perugia Press Prize and the 2018 John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award and the 2019 daVinci Eye Award.
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Peak’s book is timely and timeless in its confrontation of the constraints and concerns bound up in being a girl.
“In her bold debut collection, Megan Peak writes, ‘I was a girl before I was anything else.’ The girls in Girldom—the one ‘who burns / through dirt like a steel hoof,’ the one ‘who shears / her long braid to fatten the fire’—hack their way through the nettles and thorns of sexual awakening and sexual trauma. Claiming one’s body—one’s self—is vulnerable, brave, and important. So are these poems.” —Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones