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Corn Goddess
by Stephanie Dickinson

Corn Goddess speaks to the sacred teenage time when a body blossoms and is maimed, about prairie and ramshackle farms and desolate cow lanes, the dirt’s remembering of recluses and long ago animal sex, about mothers, those angry and strong Midwestern women who feed their daughters the bone soup of self-hatred, and fathers who hunt the silver foxes running through farm girls’ imaginations. Corn Goddess describes the struggle to escape the seduction of gunnysacks and summer afternoons spent lying on cut hay after the balers have been through, of green corn and mystery growing in every direction, a fecund claustrophobia, and the darkness encountered once the wider world is found.

"I have been savoring your poems, a few at a time, and so am still turning the pages.  They are among the best poems (tops actually) I’ve ever read by women writing about their experience.  I am amazed that darkness could be so rich."

Alixa Doom

 

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Corn Goddess

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Stephanie Dickinson raised on an Iowa farm, has lived in Oregon, Texas, Louisiana and now New York City, a state unto itself. Her novel Half Girl is published by Spuyten Duyvil as well as the novella Lust Series. Her work has appeared in many journals most recently Fjords, Nimrod, Hotel Amerika, Weber Studies, Tusculum Review, Lit n Image, and WIP Works In Progress. Her story “A Lynching in Stereoscope” was reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading and “Dalloway and Lucky Seven” and “Love City” in New Stories from the South. She is the winner of New Delta Review’s 2011 Matt Clark Fiction prize judged by Susan Straight, and a finalist in the 2012 Starcerone Book Prize for Innovative Fiction. Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg will be published by New Michigan Press in its 2013 chapbook series. Along with Rob Cook she edits Skidrow Penthouse.  
 
 

 

 
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