Poetry. With a startling mix of humor and conviction, RAM HANDS probes the anxieties of ecological desperation and parenting in the Anthropocene. This poetry collection is an epoch photobombing a selfie, an orca stuffed in a plastic bag, a mouth that tastes of gasoline, a call to arms against arms, and a multifarious assemblage of comedy, animality, and profound human sadness. RAM HANDS penetrates the veil of human complicity; it asks us, yes, we can evolve, but to what end? The speakers in Welcker's poems ache to become better citizens of the world, and in this aching we, too, lament and hope.
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Ellen Welcker's obsessions include ecological desperation, boundaries real & imagined, and the concept of deep humanity as an animal state. Her first book, THE BOTANICAL GARDEN (Astrophil Press, 2010), was selected by Eleni Sikelianos for the Astrophil Poetry Prize in 2009. Chapbooks include Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline (alice blue books, 2014) and The Urban Lightwing Professionals (H_NGM_N, 2011). She lives in Spokane, WA, with her family and works for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry.Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA