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“We Write Dystopias”
by Lydia Erickson
// published in 2017
// sale price $0.85
// poetry
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by Lydia Erickson // a Pen & Anvil chapbook
Lydia Erickson

Lydia Erickson is a writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. She studied English and Spanish at Boston University. Originally from Palo Alto, California, she'll be teaching English in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan, starting in the autumn of 2017.

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“And surely at heaven’s gate/ St. Peter will repeat words you spoke:/ your papers are no good./ Your visa’s been revoked.”

Are you the good Samaritan, or the priest who passes by? These six poems invite us to consider how we are called, in this era of bizarre political depravity, to witnessing, to imagining, to empathy, and to outrage. This is writing for people who know better than to avoid religion and politics at the dinner table.

Author photo credit: Shivani Patel.

About this chapbook series:

These bite-sized booklets are a mouthful of literature each, intended to be read in a single sitting. When you’re done with one, pass it along! Look for them lying around in Boston, Portland, or New York City. When you see one waiting to be read, go ahead and pick it up. Give it a home in your hands for a ten-minute lit snack. Then when you’re finished, leave it behind for the next person to find, in an ATM lobby, on a train station bench, in the coffeeshop, at the pub.

To request a single copy of any chapbook in the series, or a set of copies in bulk quantity so you can pepper them around your neighborhood, just contact the Pen & Anvil Press and we can put a plan together to mail some over to you. You can reach us via the good folks at the Boston Poetry Union, PO Box 15274 Boston MA 02215. If you don’t have a stamp, feel free to send us an email.