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ISBN: 978-1-62557-802-0
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Categories Poetry


Publication Date: August 2018


In her third book, prey, Jeanann Verlee examines predatory relationships from childhood onward. Drawing parallels between human and non-human predators, the poems collected here strive to illuminate the trauma of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse-exploring what it is to become prey.


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“The scripture of the unkillable woman is to conjure and to resurrect and to stare into the abyss of memory and say, Unspell me. Unspell me.”

-Dominique Christina

“I’ve learned not to fear a man’s temper so much as his complacency.”

-Eboni Hogan

“What astonishes me is not that I have survived, but that I have not come closer to dying.”

-Marty McConnell

“I learned very early which of my parts were most desirable. My mouth, my tongue-the least sought after on the list. Too much bite-back, too much venom…”

-Mahogany L. Browne

“I am my safe space.”
-Syreeta McFadden

“This time, the world serves you: gargle the whole ocean, unplug the sun, reinvent the goddamn clay that carved you, merciful god that you are.”

-Angel Nafis

About the Author

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Jeanann Verlee

Jeanann Verlee is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and the author of three books of poetry: prey (Black Lawrence, 2018), first runner-up for the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award; Said the Manic to the Muse (Write Bloody, 2015); and Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody, 2010), silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She is a recipient of the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, and her work appears in Adroit, The Journal, Rattle, and Yemassee, among others. Verlee has served as poetry editor for a number of publications, including Union Station Magazine and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone, and as copy editor for multiple individual collections. For seven years, she was director of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series and she continues to perform and facilitate workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. Verlee collects tattoos and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you. Find her at jeanannverlee.com.

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