The Things I’ve Carried

Praise for The Things I’ve Carried

In Crum’s newest collection we are offered an outstretched hand and asked to enter the world of Dirty Dancing as we never have before. These poems crescendo from secrets carried in a child’s corduroy purse to “things the sky knows/before the sun is up.” We are told to keep our eyes on the vanishing point even as our narrator slips into the skin of someone else. Crum’s voice, as always, guides us to the most revelatory of questions. She asks us to witness pivotal moments in a young woman’s life – moments where “Shame and desire shaped/and formed me.”

Amanda Crum is a writer and artist whose work has been published in Barren Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, Corvid Queen, and more. She is the author of Tall Grass and The Day You Learned To Swim, both of which made the shortlist for Bram Stoker Award nominations. Amanda lives in Kentucky with her husband and two children.

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