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Emily Carr's Poetry is From the Heart, But Not for the Faint of Heart

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Emily Carr calls herself an "ecofeminist love poet," which she details as addressing the "problems of...unposted love letters, cannibal chickens and a ship too late to save the drowning witch."

"The Damsel is (still) in distress," she explains. Only in her mid-30s, Carr already has published a series of books of poetry—smart, beautiful and image-laden poems that address serious, challenging and vexing themes about body image, abortions and confidence.

"My audience," explains Carr, "tends to be anyone who is interested in what we still can't or won't or don't talk about when it comes to being a modern woman and all that the 'modern woman' does and doesn't and should mean."

Carr herself has blazed her own way, dropping out of medical school to pursue her career as a poet. That decision has bounced her around North America, from the mountains of Canada to the coast of California, before landing last spring in Central Oregon where she is the director of the OSU-Cascades Low-Residence MFA program.

Carr will read on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Bend's Public Library, Brooks Room, 11 am–1 pm, free.

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