POPfeatures: Shannon Sankey

Shannon Sankey’s poetry collection, We Ran Rapturous, is available for purchase through The Atlas Review

“Shannon Sankey’s We Ran Rapturous sheds light on the beauty and terror of disability. The despair and solipsism of illness offers us a kaleidoscopic vision into Sankey’s imagination, employing crystal clear lyric art to bring us to the brink of the body and its ramshackle landscapes. She tells us, ‘Here, my work was tenderness,’ as she undertakes a life of nourishment, care, and re-vision for herself, for her mother. So much of her work was and remains tenderness. Her illness renders her a ‘body of extremes’ and she talks to it, its limits and what these limits give her back in life, the wanting of it. This powerful collection of poems combines the love and devotion of a daughter and the commitment to reimagine disease not simply as an affliction, but as ‘a crooked kind of flowering.'”

Shannon Sankey is the author of We Ran Rapturous (The Atlas Review 2019). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming at Poets.org, Best New Poets 2019, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, the minnesota review, Puerto del Sol, Redivider, Sugar House Review, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2017 Academy of American Poets Prize and a 2019 SAFTA residency. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she was the Whitford Fellow. She is the founder of Stranded Oak Press. www.shannonsankey.com / @shansankey

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