RAT QUEEN Katie Jean Shinkle
6 x 9 | 24 pages
Handprinted linocut cover
Gold metallic Cranfield Traditional Relief Ink on cream 80 lb cover
Digitally printed interior on cream opaque 70 lb text
Hand sewn in natural twine
Note: Individually printed by hand in small batches, no two covers will be exactly alike. Expect minor variations across the edition.
Limited to 150 numbered copies
BLOOF BOOKS CHAPBOOK SERIES
Volume 4: Issue 4 (2019)
The eighteen poems in Rat Queen luxuriantly explore transgression and intimacy, the various ways we take each other eagerly apart and taxidermy ourselves back together again. “My dear, what muscularly defines you?” the speaker asks, “When I pin you like insect wings, / corked-fog and iridescent-under.”
Rat Queen is the fourth chapbook in the 2019–2020 series from Bloof Books. Each chapbook in the series is released in a limited edition of at least one hundred numbered copies, followed by a digital release, and eventually in a combination volume called Bound.
This is Katie Jean Shinkle’s fifth chapbook. She is an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing at Sam Houston State University. She is the author of three full-length works, most recently Ruination (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). Her poetry, prose, and criticisms can be found in Flaunt Magazine, the Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, New South, the Collagist, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She serves as associate fiction editor of ANMLY, co-poetry editor of DIAGRAM.
Let me cry 1,000,000 tears of gold,
weave tapestry-strands with vigor,
douse your open heart with champagne,
only the best, most expensive will do.
Show me Benjamin Franklin,
fanned out to cool, I will show people
you forget along the way. Tell me,
while at my feet, how the bank
of booze is vampiric and fanged.
The equation of who will perish first,
(w)hol(l)y simplistic: You, knee-crouched,
or me, hands in prayer, eyes transfixed?
So funny what we cling to,
not giggles or open-mouth hardy,
but uncanny, filled to the brim.
Shinkle, Katie Jean