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On October 29, 2009, at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, Rachel McKibbens will be joined by Tara Betts, Jane Cassady, Bekah Dinnerstein, Erica Fabri, Benjamin Lear, Daniel McGinn, Jacob Rakovan, Samantha Thornhill and other guests to celebrate the publication of McKibbens' new release Pink Elephant.
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Pink Elephant is the white elephant in the room blushing into visibility,
and Rachel McKibbens is a poet of unparalleled, unflinching honesty. With the tenacity
of a survivor's 'love-sharp teeth,' McKibbens confronts the trauma of girlhood/
womanhood 'the malicious thunder of it' and gives the 'inaudible song of happiness'
a palpable, perceptible shape.
This book is startling testimony and it will bruise
the touch of all those who dare to turn its relentless pages.
"Rachel McKibbens' debut is fierce and fearless, confronting taboos with a macabre irony and a sarcastic laugh. McKibbens has developed a unique style for wordplay, a wry sense of humor, a voice full of wide-eyed detail, and a maternal wisdom to survive the hellish landscapes of womanhood."
- Regie Cabico
'Reading this book is like watching tiny horses trapped in a tornado; beautifully
Mike Stilkey, who donated his artwork for the cover of Pink Elephant