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This History That Just Happened
Winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize
Selected by Yusef Komunyakaa
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Edited by Jon Thompson
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This History That Just Happened is a debut collection of poems that explore the ways in which history is invented instantly through the narratives we create around intimate experiences. Inspired by a deep sense of place and geography, and drawing from the traditions of poets like Lorine Niedecker and Gustaf Sobin, these poems interweave human experience within an ever-changing natural world where a natural history is constantly being written and overwritten on the landscape and geography. The poems explore the ways in which writing history is challenged both by a lack of common/shared vocabulary (as with the physical experience of pain) as well as by experiences that throw us into conflict with our own historical perspectives. Interweaving colloquial lyricism with a natural fabula, the poems examine the ways in which it "takes a thickness to be human, a pond & pine-water sort of thickness" in a world where "pain proves the body."
What People Are Saying
Hannah Craig's This History That Just Happened places the reader at the nexus where rural and city life converge, bridging a world personal and political, natural and artful, in a voice always uniquely hers. Every word here is earned. And little, if anything, escapes this poet’s heart, mind, or eye. History works through a keen imagination. These poems make us feel and listen differently, and images coalesce line by line and dare us to reside where fierce empathy and beauty abide.—Yusef Komunyakaa
About the Poet
Hannah Craig is an Indiana native and a graduate of the University of Chicago. She won the 2016 Mississippi Review Prize and her manuscript was a finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize, the Fineline Competition, and the Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared widely in such publications as Smartish Pace, North American Review, Fence, Mississippi Review, and Prairie Schooner.