To celebrate National Poetry Month this year, M Bartley Seigel, the current poet laureate of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, hosted "Coming Up Verse: Remote Revivals of Poetry & Song." This event was held April 9, featuring several other wonderful poets from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Having grown up in the Keweenaw, I was one of the featured poets!

Each poet read to a socially-distanced audience at Michigan Tech University's Rozza Center, where our virtual performances were viewable on the in-house movie screen. Though the readings were recorded as a whole, due to contract restrictions, I can only share my set.

Please enjoy!

Kimberly Ann Priest’s still life (PANK, 2020) is a collection of 21 poems whose titles each begin with “my pedophile,” followed by various characterizing details of the subject, such as “my pedophile is obsessed with details” and “my pedophile experiences superficial pleasure.” The juxtaposition of these two words highlights the theme of violent ownership explored throughout this text—the ownership the abuser enacts on the speaker, and the ways in which the speaker’s childhood trauma continues to affect her adult life.

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