Owls Head poet explores inherited violence

Aug 01, 2019

CAMDEN — "Ransom Street," a book of poems by Claire Millikin (2Leaf Press 2019), confronts legacies of familial and historical violence in the southeastern United States, seeking moments of reckoning for these unsettled histories. The presence of inherited violence haunts the terrain of "Ransom Street," as the poems move through a geography of ghosts, always seeking “ransom,” the act that returns the self to wholeness.

Millikin will be reading, along with three other poets, at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 33 Bay View St., on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Millikin is a Lecturer in Art History at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Virginia, she lived for many years in Owls Head, and returns each summer. "Ransom Street" is her sixth full-length book of poetry. Three previous books, "Motels Where We Lived" (2014), "Television" (2016) and "State Fair Animals" (2018), were finalists for the Maine Literary Award. Individual poems have received the Lois Prize from Calyx, the W.B.Yeats’ Prize, and have been finalists for the James Hearst Prize.

For more information, email director@mainewriters.org or call 228-8264.

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