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Gretchen Primack’s Poems Honor the Voiceless 

Kind Words

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Kind will reach many more, but Primack emphasizes that she didn't write it for vegans. "This is a book of poems. It's not a pamphlet, it's not a diatribe. It's not propaganda, any more than Wilfred Owen's poems about World War I or Adrienne Rich's poems about feminism are propaganda. I use the same attention to craft as I do with any poem." She pauses. "I think poets take a step back, cock our heads and look, really look, at what other people might not see or take for granted." 

That's an apt job description for any poet. But when certain poets look, really look, at what others might miss, their vision goes past the appearance of things to the heart of the matter. Gretchen Primack urges her readers to see, really see, a world in which kindness is central. And when she addresses her fellow animals–mice, bees, dogs, pigs, hens, humans— "You cannot forget / Hell for even a day, and so I cannot / either," she means every word.

Gretchen Primack will appear on May 11 at 6:30pm at Woodstock's Kleinert/James Arts Center, sponsored by Golden Notebook.

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