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The Ravenous Audience


A startling debut volume, part of Chris Abani’s Black Goat poetry series.

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What people are saying…

“Christianity or cuisine, cinema or sex manuals, Eros or Thanatos, Artaud or Marilyn Monroe? Marry or suture or eat all of them and you are close to Ravenous. A brutal tour de force.”
—Juan Felipe Herrera, author of Half of the World in Light

“Durbin’s debut volume sizzles . . . Throughout this deeply feminist, groundbreaking collection, she employs both the elemental forces of her intellect and a vigorous intensity of startling imagery to implode or explode conventional notions of sexuality and womanhood . . . This is a book that singes the fingertips.”
—Maurya Simon, author of Cartographies

“Durbin writes first-rate traditional lyric poems, while at other times she writes poems that push the limits of the avant-garde and, most amazingly, at other times, she makes a loving marriage of the two! This is an exceptional debut by a young poet burning with talent.”
—Thomas Lux, author of God Particles


Black Goat is an independent poetry imprint of Akashic Books created and curated by award-winning Nigerian author Chris Abani (author of Becoming Abigail and Song for Night). Black Goat is committed to publishing well-crafted poetry with a focus on experimental or thematically challenging work. The series aims to create a proportional representation of female poets and non-American poets, particularly poets from Africa.

Little Red Riding Hood, Jezebel, Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl, Marilyn Monroe, Amelia Earhart, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Christ—these are only a few of the archetypal and pop cultural characters that populate Kate Durbin’s strange and mesmerizing coming-of-age poetry collection, The Ravenous Audience.


Book Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Published: 10/1/09
  • IBSN: 9781933354880
  • e-IBSN: 9781617751233


Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles based writer and artist. She is the author of The Ravenous Audience , E! Entertainment, and coauthor of Abra, an iPad app and artist’s book created with the help of an NEA grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts and Columbia College Chicago. She is founding editor of the online pop culture criticism journal, Gaga Stigmata.

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