Emily Crocker

David Dick Reviews Emily Crocker, Allison Gallagher and Aisyah Shah Idil

I am always struck by the immense variability of human experience; the little and big differences that amount to the conditions of our individual and collective identities. The task of poetry is to write this nebulous, subjective humanity, while also probing the inefficiencies of the language we have to create and understand something so frustratingly out of grasp.

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We spiraled down the escarpment road, with the dog, keenly Houdini-twisted out of his harness, panting at the view, and found the beach below torn open. Great hunks of sand tossed crudely from the dunes. A mass grave of mutton-birds …

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