[03/01/2021] The Supposed Huntsman by Katie Fowley
Ugly Duckling Presse, paperback
Publication Date: March 1, 2021
Publisher Marketing: In her debut full-length collection of poems, THE SUPPOSED HUNTSMAN, Fowley creates spaces that blur the lines of gender, species, and self: "Every animal is deadly / even the shape-shifter." Fowley uses incantatory anaphora to enact endless transformations, becoming by turns a motley, plume-lit teacher-creature and a bear longing, like a bro, for a maiden in a tree. Drawing inspiration from Brothers Grimm fairy tales and troubadour tradition, Fowley's poems elate and interrogate, ever aware that "childhood is so intensely serious."