Animal Purpose : Poems, Paperback / softback Book

Animal Purpose : Poems Paperback / softback

Part of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize series


In Animal Purpose, Michelle Y. Burke explores the lives of men and women as they stand poised between the desire to love and the compulsion to harm.

In one poem, a woman teaches a farmhand the proper way to slaughter a truckload of chickens.

In another, a couple confronts the recent loss of a loved one when a stranger makes an unexpected confession in a crowded restaurant.

Set in both rural and urban spaces, these poems challenge received ideas about work, gender, and place.

Danger blurs into beauty and back again. Burke scours the hard edges of the world to find "fleeting softness," which she wishes "into the world like pollen that covers everything."


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780821421987

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