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Hemisphere: Poems
by Ellen Hagan
Northwestern University Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-8101-3080-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-3081-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3608.A338H46 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Winner, 2015 Seven Sisters Book Award for Poetry 

The poems in Hemisphere explore what it means to be a daughter and what it means to bear new life. Ellen Hagan investigates the world historical hemispheres of a family legacy from around the globe and moves down to the most intimate hemisphere of im­pending motherhood. Her poems reclaim the female body from the violence, both literal and literary, done to it over the years. Hagan acknowledges the changing body of a mother from the strains of birth—from the growing body of a child, to the scars left most visibly by a C-section—as well as the changes wrought by age and, too often, abuse. The existence of a hemisphere im­plies a part seeking a whole, and as a collection, Hemisphere is a coherent and cogent journey toward reclamation and wholeness.


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