from Texas Review Press
distributed by Texas A&M University Press
In her debut chapbook, Kara Krewer comes of age amidst family tragedy, poverty, and a cast of characters both grotesque and relatable. Born-Again Anything explores what it means to grow up queer in the rural South, to leave, and to return. These poems search for meaning in contradiction: of both loving and struggling against landscapes, people, and upbringing.
Set against a backdrop of big cities and small towns, the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, as well as the orchards of Krewer’s native rural Georgia, Born-Again Anything is a keen and honest look at the American coming-of-age journey. Krewer’s eye is fresh and her subjects varied: cornfields, supermarkets, collard greens, and animals in silent movies. She mines the natural and man-made alike as she moves from forests to highways to mansions. And always in these poems Krewer is looking at us, people who wander through our lives carrying unknown stories. These poems give voices to the people we pass everyday without much thought. Krewer’s talent lies in her ability to show us who we are, in sympathy, and without judgment.