English Kills
Monica Wendel


Winner of the 2015
Coal Hill Chapbook Contest
ISBN: 978-1-938769-15-3
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“Don’t be alarmed,” Monica Wendel assures us about her provocative title —English Kills is just the name the Dutch gave to a local stream. But in fact, we are alarmed. In her world, ideas have consequences. People take drugs and turn themselves into music to escape desperate lives. Shrimp lie on a plate like “tendoned larvae.” In her world, civic pride and genocide are like two flags on the same ship. Threat is everywhere. But thankfully, there’s a way out of the nightmare. We can, she says, leave our worst selves behind and move on to a place where “rains water even dead languages.”
—Michael Simms