Krysten Hill’s How Her Spirit Got Out is a lively, urgent song. Answering the writers whose voices raised her, Hill calls on Sylvia Plath, Audre Lorde, and Zora Neale Hurston to help her navigate the complicated landscape of selfhood. Hill’s speaker, wise and direct, open yet elusive, also sings for the women who brought her up: her aunt, her grandmother, and her mother. T...
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How Her Spirit Got Out Reviews
Gorgeous, honest poems with descriptions and similes so perfect they startle.
I finished Hill's book in January, I don't know why it took so long for me to change its status. Hill uses experimental and traditional forms to call shit out--including the problematic aspects of Sylvia Plath, the problems of dating someone that is a fan of Bukowski (it always ends badly). She also paints empathetic portraits.
I had the pleasure of reading with Hill at AWP on 2/10/17. Hear her if you get the chance, she knows how to work a crowd.
I agree with one of the other reviewers here. Krysten's similes are so accurate they almost hurt. She goes to emotional depths that I would be afraid to in myself. And her knack for narrative compression is really impressive.