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Girls Like Us
Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us


72 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.99 (US $14.99) (CA $19.99)

Publication Date: March 2020

ISBN 9781942892229

Rights: WOR

Santa Fe Writer's Project (Mar 2020)
Alan Squire Press


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These accessible poems raise questions about women's power and vulnerability, especially relevant in the wake of #MeToo

Girls Like Us is packed with fierce, eloquent, and deeply intelligent poetry focused on female identity and the contradictory personas women are expected to embody. The women in these poems sometimes fear and sometimes knowingly provoke the male gaze. At times, they try to reconcile themselves to the violence that such attentions may bring; at others, they actively defy it. Hazen's insights into the conflict between desire and wholeness, between self and self-destruction, are harrowing and wise. The predicaments confronted in Girls Like Us are age-old and universal—but in our current era, Hazen's work has a particular weight, power, and value.


Elizabeth Hazen's poems very often begin in the realm of the personal, and by concentrating on particular details create a series of worlds that every reader can identify with. That alone is a significant achievement, and means Girls Like Us is filled with touching and tender scenes. But what makes the book exceptional is the way it uses familiarity as a center from which to expand into larger and more public spheres — places which are repeatedly darkened by a sense of threat, or by hard facts of confusion and violence. The result is a very rich kind of paradox: poems that speak in a quietly meditative voice but are rife with terrors, describing a world we think we know but which turns out to be very strange. — Sir Andrew Motion, former UK Poet Laureate, author of Peace Talks (poetry) and Keats (literary biography)   In Girls Like Us, Elizabeth Hazen fearlessly explores self and psyche, her own and those of other women, focusing on "this inward-turning darkness" as she grapples with addiction and recovery, psychological and sexual assault, and a culture of misogyny. Unafraid to confront the hard questions, Hazen asks, "This universe is riddled with fists,// false logic, eggshells, viscera, regret./ Am I forgiven? Will you answer that? / Can anyone tell me what I'm meant to do?" Wrenching in its declarations and revelations, Girls Like Us is a book for this particular moment, and Hazen a poet of admirable courage, unflinching honesty, and deep accomplishment. — Elizabeth Spires, author of A Memory of the Future and Now the Green Blade Rises (poetry)   About Hazen's previous collection, Chaos Theories:   Fully embracing what the lyric mode does best, Hazen provides the readers with brief, intense poems that preserve a suspended moment in time, attempting to record the thought processes and emotions of the speaker much like tree rings reveal drought, heat, and age. With astonishing clarity and concision, Hazen explores the mysteries of our realities—which are ultimately beholden to entropy — Charlotte Pence, The Kenyon Review   Elizabeth Hazen's unflinching first book, Chaos Theories, forms a powerful meditation on female identity and the cultural expectations that daughters, mothers, wives, and sisters resist and embrace. For Hazen, fate—familial or biological—is a form of magnificent havoc that reflects both the natural world's lush beauty and the realities of science. A debut fluent in the language of desire, heartbreak, and regeneration. — Jane Satterfeld, author of Her Familiars and Assignation at Vanishing Point   Chaos Theories, Elizabeth Hazen's startling collection, refashions insights and principles from the hard sciences into metaphors for what it means and feels like to be alive and conscious, needy and loving, in a universe ruled by time and change. With plainspoken elegance, these poems, individually and collectively, comprise a memorable and heart-wrenching evocation of the persistent and often contradictory needs that both sustain and menace the attachments that define us. —Alan Shapiro, author of Reel to Reel and Night of the Republic   In Chaos Theories, Elizabeth Hazen explores t¬he "instabilities" of the human heart through the organizing impulses of poetry, which work to make sense, make order of memory, desire, and regret. With her elegant couplets and tercets, the poet teaches us that "even /chaos breeds patterns of a sort: sly singles // at the bar, nocturnal creatures stalking shadows, / cars cruising for motion's sake." This is a book of bodies and tongues but also of bright intellect, the mind scientific here, methodical and beautiful in its efforts "to narrate, fit events to plot." —Jehanne Dubrow, author of Home Front and The Arranged Marriage

Author Biography

Elizabeth Hazen is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, Shenandoah, The Normal School, and other journals. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Yale and her Master's from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins. Elizabeth teaches English at Calvert Middle School in Baltimore. Her first book, Chaos Theories, was published by Alan Squire Publishing (ASP).