New Release Books by Megan Kaminski

Megan Kaminski is the author of Gentlewomen (2020), Deep City (2015), Desiring Map (2012), Saqqara, The Beautiful (2022), Prairie Divination (2022) and , Re-moo-ving Barriers Within Labor (2020).

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Gentlewomen

release date: Oct 15, 2020
Gentlewomen
Poetry. How do we care for a broken world, especially when we ourselves are broken-hearted? How do we nurture others when we have scarce resources? How do we maintain our own sense of self under these pressures? The work of care falls disproportionately on women and often renders them lacking and unacknowledged in their labor. GENTLEWOMEN explores personal and historical trauma, bonds between mothers and sisters, and our estrangement from the natural world and from ourselves due to an exploitative and extractive relationship to land and peoples (human and otherwise). Through an allegorical envisioning of a world that is like our own but heightened through the individual lives and responsibilities of three sisters, Natura, Providentia, and Fortuna, the poems sound out in mourning and frustration--and try to imagine the world otherwise. A transformative journey through the shadows towards reconciliation both between sisters and with oneself.

Deep City

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Deep City
Poetry. DEEP CITY renders the city and the body as architectures in crisis. The poems explore the city and suburbs as container and contents of collective memory and investigate how space shapes the body/ how we create space. They examine language and identity in the pathology of late capitalism, with its unaffordable housing, healthcare, and educational systems, exploitive labor practices, and continuous violence on its citizens. DEEP CITY captures city as site for these myriad interactions, locating the body in space in relation to people, animals, architectures, and technologies. The city also becomes site to explore the self in relation to its urban exteriority, working to question the limits of the construction of self and subjectivity. Riffing on themes of urban decay, suburban housing developments, and the works of Julia Kristeva, Young Jeezy, and Honore de Balzac, DEEP CITY explores what happens when narrated identity becomes both essential and unbearable."

Desiring Map

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Desiring Map
Poetry. "The body 'being' in sun, the gaze at rain, teleology inside the house—with these strokes and compasses, Megan Kaminski deftly configures a desiring map, across seacoasts and Kansas plains, through leaves, roots, movements of light. Here a quieter but not quietist America emerges where life's precarity holds—there is a relation between the natural world and neural capacity—as we are pulled into syntax's own search and quizzicality, its seeking to find a place for the I that only momentarily settles before it dislodges again, uncovering questions, finding parts of speech or weeds that answer. 'Speech lies in the break on the river edge,' the poem says: 'subtle splendor.'"—Erin Mouré "Megan Kaminski's book is hauntingly quiet, but not silent, just as 'teleology is not silent.' The book is in some ways the teleology of imagism, realizing itself late in history and bursting into jagged pieces, having been dragged through 'some saffron metropolis' and the long summer of the great plains. It is a book that approaches us cannily, drenched in form, never word-spent and never without cocktails; a 21st century pleasure with a keen eye on the terrain and something to say."—Joshua Clover "One of the best books I've read this year, Megan Kaminski's DESIRING MAP melds landscape to mind-to heart-to breath-with some of the most subtly effective melopoeia I've ever encountered in any book of poems. Use it as a dowsing rod, as I've been doing, to find the brain's poetic reuptake pump, and to get it moving again."—Joseph Massey

The Beautiful

release date: Apr 07, 2022
The Beautiful
Making a case for beauty in a time of crisis and loss echoes bell hooks's wisdom about love, "It's not about going soft at all; it's about knowing what can save our planet. Which is people connecting, communicating, showing loving-kindness." Beauty inspires such a spirit of community. And while it is imperative to work to understand the histories of this nation and its multitiered systemic oppressions, collaboratively co-constructing alternative courses of action for the future is just as vital. With work by leading poets from the U.S. territories, commonwealths, states, and the District of Columbia, THE BEAUTIFUL engages both of these tasks.

Prairie Divination

release date: Mar 20, 2022
Prairie Divination
A book of illustrated essays + an oracle deck. Prairie Divination turns to the plants, animals, and geological features of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem as a source for knowledge and inspiration as to how to live in the world (and to re-align thinking towards kinship and sustainability). How might thinking with plants and animals guide us in navigating an uncertain present--and help to imagine futures? Filled with information for each corresponding card, the illustrated book of essays offers personal guidance and affirmations based on the specific lessons that each plant, animal, and element can teach us.

Re-moo-ving Barriers Within Labor

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Re-moo-ving Barriers Within Labor
Dairy labor markets have the potential to undergo notable change in the near future due to tightening labor markets and increased activity by worker advocacy groups. Given this context, this dissertation explores three areas related to dairy labor markets. In the first essay dairy workers are surveyed to identify their preferred compensation packages to assist farmers in offering the most attractive benefits to recruit and retain workers. The final two essays move along the supply chain to see how consumers may impact dairy labor markets particularly in relationship to ongoing demand for changes to animal welfare practices. In the second essay whether consumers are willing to pay a price premium for a label certifying working conditions is estimated. Additionally, attention is directly to answering, if consumers are willing to pay a premium (1) is it greater than or less than a premium for animal welfare labeling and (2) does it change under different information settings. Finally, the third essay explores the public's preferences for worker welfare practices compared to animal welfare practices. For additional robustness, the last two essays are also applied to the egg production system to explore labor effects in other animal-based agricultural production sectors.
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