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KateLynn Hibbard for "Simples"

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Join SubText Books in the store on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 PM for a reading with KateLynn Hibbard for her poetry collection, “Simples." Book signing to follow!

"With “Simples,” KateLynn Hibbard has created a medicine chest of poems, a book that transports us back in time to search out the remedies and inner strength necessary to survive a hardscrabble life on the frontier plains. It is a sweeping portrait of a time and a region, one that offers an especially keen insight into the lives of women and children--bringing historical erasures and overlooked history into a brighter relief. SIMPLES recognizes that the intricate patterns of the past are woven into our contemporary lives, though it may be 'pummeled as the wheat / Is by the rain' and that's why it makes 'good sense to attempt a revolution.'" —Brian Turner

"KateLynn Hibbard has written a book of remedy and release on the prairies of old. Poems in the voices of women who survive the requirements of their lives as subservient wives, daughters, laborers reveal another life of the settler colonial era. These women code their communications to liberate one another from despair, abuse, unwanted pregnancy, and the heartbreak of lovelessness or longing for love that cannot be. This is not the pioneer woman claiming the prairie, but the prairie claiming the women it teaches to survive." —Heid Erdrich

Earlier Event: February 27
Raymond Strom for "Northern Lights"
Later Event: March 7
Ben Weaver for "Ragged Ass Joy"

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