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Appalachians Run Amok by Adrian Blevins

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As you can tell from the title, Adrian Blevins does not hesitate to be outlandish. She is also adept a juxtaposing the academic or ordinary with the bizarre and the zany. The book title is also the title of the first section of poems here, followed by, “Brimstone,” Little Catalogue of Losses,” “Hither and Yon,” and “Meditation at the Car Lot.” “This poetry, cascading forward via a zillion ampersands run amok and a precarious grief is blah’s badass antidote” – Diane Seuss. “This book is smart and wise and also lots of fun.” – Lisa Lewis. Adrian Blevins is perhaps best known in the region as the co-author, with Karen Salyer McElmurray of the anthology Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, but she is also the author of two previous poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks. She was born in Abingdon, Virginia, and taught at Hollins University after getting her MA in fiction there. She also has a Warren Wilson MFA and now teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Kingston, Washington: Two Sylvias Press, 2018. 89 pages.