Girls Like Us is packed with fierce, eloquent, and deeply intelligent poetry focused on female identity and the contradictory personas women are expected to embody. The women in these poems sometimes fear and sometimes knowingly provoke the male gaze. At times, they try to reconcile themselves to the violence that such attentions may bring; at others, they actively defy it. Hazen’s insights into the conflict between desire and wholeness, between self and self-destruction, are harrowing and wise. The predicaments confronted in Girls Like Us are age-old and universal—but in our current era, Hazen’s work has a particular weight, power, and value.
About the Author
Elizabeth Hazen is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Normal School, and other journals. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Yale and her Master’s from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Elizabeth teaches English at Calvert Middle School in Baltimore. Her first book, Chaos Theories, was published by Alan Squire Publishing (ASP).
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