JoAnna Novak


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Two Fats and a Virtue Chapbook Available for Pre-Order

Here is the female body imperiled and thrilling, vexed and transmutative, the flesh tightroping all manner of hungers, “reckless, unleashed” and throating apples, yes, but also words: “torte of mucous and muscle/dumpling in my center,” Novak writes. Ode and admonition, this work is rigorous, charged, and a pure pleasure to enter.   —Kerri Webster   Poems forgive us for just about anything, most particularly for our being human and mortal and messy, unreliable and doomed.  Novak says, I know what I see.  Her felicitous talents let her tell us about some things she sees and by these means invite us to join in this difficult conversation. Two Fats and a Virtue bursts at its seams with forbidding and catastrophic meaning; lyric complications never stay hidden. —Dara Wier

Here is the female body imperiled and thrilling, vexed and transmutative, the flesh tightroping all manner of hungers, “reckless, unleashed” and throating apples, yes, but also words: “torte of mucous and muscle/dumpling in my center,” Novak writes. Ode and admonition, this work is rigorous, charged, and a pure pleasure to enter.
—Kerri Webster
Poems forgive us for just about anything, most particularly for our being human and mortal and messy, unreliable and doomed. Novak says, I know what I see. Her felicitous talents let her tell us about some things she sees and by these means invite us to join in this difficult conversation.
Two Fats and a Virtue bursts at its seams with forbidding and catastrophic meaning; lyric complications never stay hidden.
—Dara Wier

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