Katie Bickham

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Katie Bickham is the author of two books of poetry: Mouths Open to Name Her and The Belle Mar. She has won the Rattle Reader’s Choice Award, the New Millennium Poetry Prize, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press, and The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize. Her work has appeared in Rattle, New Millennium, Frontier, Radar, Southern Quarterly, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere.


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Mouths Open to Name Her

Mouths Open to Name Her by Katie Bickham focuses finely wrought poems on the intensity of new motherhood, the relationship between mothers and their children, at what it means to carry a child--even one conceived by rape--and how the harshness of the world disrupts our innocence. The poems move chronologically from the mid-1800s to 2017 and travel geographically to places including Charleston, South Carolina; Nice, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Serengeti District, Tanzania; and Shreveport, Louisiana.

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