How to Hypnotize a Lobster, by Kristin Rose Jutras

In this luminous first collection, Kristin Rose Jutras presents a heart-breaking and at times funny interpretation of human existence in poems with a wholly unique voice. She uses Robert Lowell’s Life Studies as a blueprint for the architecture of this book and intersperses poetry and prose throughout while dealing with questions of family mythology.

Rose Jutras explores identity, birth, aging, death, and addiction against a back drop of Greek myths interwoven with a family saga. Whether meditating on a painting of Matisse, a spoon, or the role of collected family trauma, Rose Jutras brings each subject into an unexpected and expanded existence.

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