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The Middle
Angela Hume




Omnidawn
2013 • 60 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Poetry - American / Poetry - Women Authors

$11.95 Paperback, 978-1-890650-83-4



The Middle is beautiful and powerful, and all that grace animates calm outrage, ghostlier awareness.

The Middle is beautiful and powerful—Angela Hume’s line breaks are beautiful and powerful—her pages are beautiful and powerful—and all that grace animates calm outrage, ghostlier awareness (“private like a thought / for a wrist, of a thigh”), keener sounds (“try looking away try looking away try looking away try looking away try looking away try”)—keener ethics, too (first / demarcate // an aesthetics of / / injury”)—the body is ghost—polis is eyes but police is eyes too—and polis is police (“state of pacifi / cation state of // damage state of / destroy-all-ex // cess body state of little / to no // speech / ill / state // police / state”)—we have to have political poetry—we can’t be human otherwise—and what holds here is a new Objectivism—a clarity made actual in a construct of words (“(inhabit that / incision // in such a way that can’t be used”)—this clarity holds against and in the violence that surrounds us (Benjamin: “something rotten in law is revealed”)—Angela Hume is a necessary poet.

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“The Middle is beautiful and powerful—Angela Hume’s line breaks are beautiful and powerful—her pages are beautiful and powerful—and all that grace animates calm outrage, ghostlier awareness (“private like a thought / for a wrist, of a thigh”), keener sounds (“try looking away try looking away try looking away try looking away try looking away try”)—keener ethics, too (first / demarcate // an aesthetics of / / injury”)—the body is ghost—polis is eyes but police is eyes too—and polis is police (“state of pacifi / cation state of // damage state of / destroy-all-ex // cess body state of little / to no // speech / ill / state // police / state”)—we have to have political poetry—we can’t be human otherwise—and what holds here is a new Objectivism—a clarity made actual in a construct of words (“(inhabit that / incision // in such a way that can’t be used”)—this clarity holds against and in the violence that surrounds us (Benjamin: “something rotten in law is revealed”)—Angela Hume is a necessary poet.”


—Joseph Lease, Judge of the 2012 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize



ANGELA HUME lives in Oakland. She is the author of the chapbook Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Poems are forthcoming or have appeared in such journals as Little Red Leaves, Mrs. Maybe, RealPoetik, eccolinguistics, Zoland Poetry, and Spinning Jenny. Critical work appears or will appear in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Evental Aesthetics, Jacket2, The Volta, and ecopoetics. Angela holds an MFA from St. Mary's College of California and is currently working toward a PhD in English at University of California, Davis. Her critical project examines the transformation of lyric poetry under the environmental crisis conditions of the 20th and 21st centuries.



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