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Today's poem is "[The night was animal]"
from Sing, Mongrel

Noemi Press

Claire Hero is the author of two chapbooks: afterpastures, winner of the 2007 Caketrain Chapbook Competition, and Cabinet (dancing girl press 2008). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, A Public Space, How2, Pleiades, Octopus, and elsewhere. She lives in upstate New York.

Other poems by Claire Hero in Verse Daily:

Books by Claire Hero:

Other poems on the web by Claire Hero:
Three poems
"Poem"
"Momentary Gardens"
Two poems
Two poems

About Sing, Mongrel:

"'Nothing lives in us// but hunger.' In the arresting and dazzlingly original poems of Sing, Mongrel, Claire Hero investigates the mongrel of our selves: that mix of the urge for domesticity and peace and of the often more overwhelming urge toward a restless hunger for power -- erotic, political, both. Hero asks what to make of the personal and public ramifications of desire, personified here as Crackbone, who rides while 'the entrails of the West stink in his tracks.' What can we salvage, if indeed we still can? In gorgeous language, delicately balancing ferocity and restraint, Hero's poems announce a vision to be reckoned with. Sing, Mongrel is an amazing and important book."
—Carl Phillips

"The beautiful and private langauge in Claire Hero's Sing, Mongrel is a sickly-sweet counter-music to her brutal critique of the political, economic, and aesthetic terms under which we encounter the space of the animal body. Relentlessly dissecting that terrible anatomy with a butcher's eye to reveal all that we would rather not admit about ourselves, this is poetry with gutsy ethos—unafraid of the reprecussions of entering into the dark human drive to manage, resource, redefine, exchange, slaughter, or domesticate nature."
—Richard Greenfield



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