The poems in this collection are meant to be read from beginning to end. These are poems of endurance, written with the conviction that "we survive" is the thread that connects the body to the spirit, and from that recognition comes an appreciation of the beauty that exists in the simple acts of living. These are poems that celebrate the anvil and the hammer, those things that shape and reshape us.
About the Author
A performance poet since 2006, Zachary Kluckman is a two-time member of the Albuquerque national poetry slam team, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and recipient of the Red Mountain Press National Poetry Prize. His work appears in print globally in numerous anthologies and publications including the New York Quarterly, Cutthroat, Red Fez and more. Featured on over 500 radio stations, with appearances on many of the nation's most notorious stages, he is an accomplished spoken word artist, as well as the Spoken Word Editor for the Pedestal. An activist, youth advocate and organizer, he has been recognized twice for making world history as the creator of the world's only Slam Poet Laureate Program and an organizer for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program, the largest poetry reading in history. As a youth advocate, Kluckman donates hundreds of hours a year to working with and empowering the youth. His first full length collection, Animals in our Flesh, has received warm reviews from Jimmy Santiago Baca among others.