There Are So Many Things That Beg You For Love by Katie Jean Shinkle


“In Katie Jean Shinkle’s There Are So Many Things that Beg You for Love, “water is coming to take everything, rising, rising” in “a city that overwhelms [us] in the sense of wickedness, majesty.” A father in a sundress peruses seismic data, a mermaid calls from a tin-can phone, and lovers dance alone in a mansion even though it is “too late.” Shinkle’s language crackles with desire even as it delves into the misfires that occur between self and other, nature and machine, and illusion and understanding. She “hand[s] [us] a grenade and say[s] pull the pin when I get home,” “send[s] [us] a message via undertow,” asserts that we must “stand here […] and I’ll stand here and we’ll do what we can,” even if bravery often feels like “fighting fear with fear.” This work is an urging, an invitation that erupts like a “gun blast of petals.””–Catherine Kyle, poet

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