Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Daring, contemplative, witty, and moving, the poems in Kris Bigalk's debut collection REPEAT THE FLESH IN NUMBERS unflinchingly examine human frailty from multiple perspectives, and ultimately arrive at a place of generosity, regeneration, and grace. The musical precision and vivid images invite us in to poetry that surprises, inspires, and haunts, reminding us that what we do to ourselves, and to each other—and what we do for ourselves, and for each other, is ultimately what defines us.
"Our expectations and our designs on life are dashed almost always—an old story, maybe the oldest there is—but Kris Bigalk's poems want us to believe that it is an honor to be given the chance to replace disappointment with renewed hope. They convince me, surely and gracefully. Attention is a form of courage for Bigalk, and the steady, good-humored generosity she directs toward the fellow inhabitants of her planet mark her as a poet of wisdom and warmth."—David Rivard
About the Author
Kris Bigalk is a poet and educator. Her poems have appeared in the New York Quarterly, the cream city review, Water~Stone Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Silk Road, and other literary magazines; her awards include a Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grant in Poetry and a residency at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Bigalk designed and now directs the groundbreaking creative writing program at Normandale Community College. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with her husband and children.