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Dear Apocalypse
K. A. Hays

Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2009 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-495-7

The debut collection of poems by K. A. Hays.

K. A. Hays’ debut collection opens with an invitation to the apocalypse, an act of American bravado that soon gives way to fear of disaster, dread of violence, and grief for the dead. As the book’s “lilies and fowls”—seedlings and swifts, thrushes and pitch pines—feed and grow, they become figures for human struggle. The speaker of these poems longs for God, for a mind that outlasts the body, and for a way to live with acceptance in a world that is chaotic and uncertain. Dear Apocalypse, the reader finds in the closing sections, does not dare the world to end so much as it asks it to stay, and comes “to love / this waking life,” even with its terrors, even in the dark.

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Reviews / Endorsements

"The darker perceptions and unheard of phrases in Dear Apocalypse bring us a strange solace—strange and familiar as the elemental world. If earth’s evidence breaks the heart—soil’s toxicity, soul’s hat crowning a parking meter, airs fickle—we might still 'come to love / this waking life'—coltsfoot, deer piss, phoebes, and the 'glimpses / of the things we might, with work, become.' The poems are beautifully crafted, the truths contingent, hard-won—for that all the purer. A miraculous book."—Carol Frost

"K. A. Hays’s poems show a fascination with the dark processes at work even in seemingly pleasant patches of American landscape. Like Melville, she finds a spiritual power in the violence of nature."—Speer Morgan, The Missouri Review

"Exquisite, masterful poems filled with the last beauties and new horrors of a dying earth . . . Hays is a poet we cannot do without."—Katie Ford

K. A. HAYS is a native of southeast Pennsylvania. She read English Literature at Bucknell and Oxford Universities and earned an MFA in the Literary Arts at Brown. Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as Antioch Review, New Orleans Review, Northern Woodlands, and Southern Review, and was selected by Natasha Tretheway for inclusion in Best New Poets 2007. She is also a fiction writer and verse translator whose work in those genres has appeared in Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Hudson Review, and other magazines. She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where she holds the Emerging Writer Fellowship at Bucknell.

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