Friday, July 28, 2017

"A Prayer to Talk to Animals" by Nickole Brown

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July 28, 2017

A Prayer to Talk to Animals

Nickole Brown

About This Poem


"'A Prayer to Talk to Animals' is an incantation that opens a forthcoming collection with its eye to animal sentience and behavior, and ultimately, it's my attempt to give voice to what we're bound to lose in the face of climate change and continued ecological devastation. I've been researching for this project for some time—reading every biology text I can but also volunteering at a farm sanctuary and a nature center, trying to get close to animals and observe them. Once finished, this project will result in a kind of a bestiary, I suppose, but it won't consist of the kind of pastorals that always made me (and most of the working class folks I know) feel shut out of nature and the writing about it—these poems speak in a queer, Southern-trash-talking kind of way about nature beautiful, but damaged and dangerous."
—Nickole Brown


Nickole Brown is the author of Fanny Says (BOA Editions, 2015). She teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program and the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Photo credit: Joli Livaudais

Poetry by Brown


Fanny Says

(BOA Editions, 2015)

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