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Anthropocene Lullaby

Lyric and prose poems on the anthropocene.

The poems of Anthropocene Lullaby move from the micro to the macro, from dragonflies to galaxies, from the intersecting forces of climate change, capitalism, and digital technologies to intersecting anxieties of selfhood and motherhood. These lyric and prose poems track change––underway and inevitable, personal and impersonal, generative and apocalyptic.  

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"The timely fourth book from Hays. . . continues the poet’s project of documenting the day-to-day experience of climate crisis as a mother, naturalist, consumer, and writer. . . . [A] vivid, hard-eyed reckoning with climate change. . ."

Publishers Weekly

“Human-caused climate change, rapid technological shifts, and selfhood intersect in this urgent and timely new collection. I’m moved by the self-consciousness of the poet-speaker as well as by the virtuosic craft and language of these poems––their sonic echoes, sinuous yet taut syntax, and intimate, self-interrogating tone. If the book is at times harrowing to read, it yet offers solace in the poet’s recognition that matter and energy are not created or destroyed––they transform as they must. Emotionally, intellectually, and musically, Anthropocene Lullaby extends the work of a gifted lyric poet.”

Shara McCallum, author of No Ruined Stone

“In these poems by K. A. Hays, we find the world made somehow more splendid through her handling, more brilliant through the grace of her caring eye.”

Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

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