Nothing slips by Brecken Hancock’s deft ear as she seductively plumbs the depths of the evolution of bathing, doppelgängers, the Kraken and the minutiae of family with all its tragic misgivings. The poems in Broom Broom pervert the rational, safe parts of the world to extoll and absorb the sweep of human history.
Brecken Hancock's poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in Event, CV2, Grain, The Fiddlehead and Studies in Canadian Literature. She is Reviews Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine and Interviews Editor for Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. She lives in Ottawa.
Come dream, snow,
Bear in the cavern,
Rat in the cistern.
Every little chit in its hole.
Make us kid-glove clean again,
Intestines fresh from the fast.
Lay out your skin to swaddle feet,
Snow Madonnas maquillaged in ash.