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For Kimiko Hahn, the language and imagery of science open up magical possibilities for the poet. In her haunting eighth collection inspired by articles from the weekly “Science” section of the New York Times, Hahn explores identity, extinction, and survival using exotic tropes drawn from the realms of astrophysics, mycology, paleobotany, and other rarefied fields. With warmth and generosity, Hahn mines the world of science in these elegant, ardent poems.

from “On Deceit as Survival”
   Yet another species resembles
   a female bumble bee,
   ending in frustrated trysts—
   or appears to be two fractious males
   which also attracts—no surprise—
   a third curious enough to join the fray.
   What to make of highly evolved Beauty
   bent on deception as survival—


"[Kimiko] Hahn's frankness . . . allows [these poems] to stand out as starkly fresh as the carnivorous plants she describes."--American Poet

About the Author

Kimiko Hahn is the author of several books of poetry, including The Narrow Road to the Interior, The Artist's Daughter, Mosquito and Ant, and Toxic Flora. Her many honors include the American Book Award. She lives in New York City.

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Hahn, Kimiko
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