Queen and Carcass (Paperback)
Poetry. A town is a tin of children in an ocean, writes Anna van Valkenburg in her debut poetry collection, QUEEN AND CARCASS, a rich, unpredictable, and deeply surreal exploration of identity and the multiple contradictions we each embody. These poems, set in locations real and imaginary, magical and banal, inhabited by figures out of Slavic folklore and a Boschian landscape, strive to unearth truths, especially those that are difficult or uncomfortable, using Bertolt Brecht's maxim Do not fear death so much as an inadequate life as a touchstone. At once ecstatic, meditative, and grotesque, the poems in QUEEN AND CARCASS confront some of the most fundamental existential questions.