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Poetry. Barnburner by Erin Hoover is the winner of the 2017 Elixir Press Antivenom Poetry Award. Kathryn Nuernberger, contest judge, had this to say about it: "The epigraph to Barnburner is a call to burn it all down: 'According to an old story, there was once a Dutchman who was so bothered by the rats in his barn that he burned down the barn to get rid of them. Thus a bar ...more
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Published October 1st 2018 by Elixir Press
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Keith
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"No discussion of a protagonist’s poverty, defamation, or existential helplessness goes without comparison to those who’ve got it worse. The most venomous screeds against former lovers, the cruelty of strangers, or even a lowly ATM mugger are still woven through with the idea that everyone plays their part in creating the larger murk of unhappiness and desperation that is, more and more, becoming the real shared truth of life in our modern world."

full review here: The Poetics of Anger
Matthew Henschel
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a powerful book. I read the poem “The Valkyrie” before the book came out, and it was legitimately one of the best poems I’ve read in a long, long time. I found myself coming back to read it again and again.

Barnburner is full of similarly moving poems. These are poems that speak to desperation and defiance with authenticity. “PR Opportunity at the Food Bank” speaks to the sort of experience I had many times in the nonprofit world, but the poem articulates truths that I had never rea
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Jaime
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a huge poetry reader, but this was really excellent. The poems touch on such a wide variety of topics - fertility, economic issues, class/privilege, intolerance, politics - but they all flow well together. I couldn’t stop reading this, but when I was done, I went back to some of my favorites - ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES, WHAT IS THE SISTERHOOD TO ME?, WITH GRATITUDE...among others, and just read them again, letting them pour over me. These poems are urgent, smart, insightful, and timely.
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Bitingly dark, eyes-wide-open, tightly crafted poems.
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Erin Hoover's poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry and Best New Poets, and in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Pleiades. She earned a Ph.D. from Florida State University and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where she teaches writing.

Erin's debut collection of poetry, Barnburner, was selected by Kathryn Nuernberger for the 2017 Antivenom Poetry
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