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Selected Poem

from [Statue of Liberty]

So now what if the Statue of Liberty has found out that she can move
and is only waiting for the right moment?

What if there are beginning to be words in her book, more and
more words on the coppery pages, the ones that do not turn, or not yet?

What if she is beginning to feel the horror of her position, the way
she has no peers or even anyone who understands that she is in the
tradition of the enormous destroyer?

What is it she is becoming convinced she must destroy?
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So now picture what you think the Statue of Liberty might destroy
and realize that you are not right.

That whatever you thought of is not it, or at least not quite it and
certainly not all of it.

That you have no idea what she is thinking, or at least not a complete
idea.

That the very nature of her body renders her susceptible not only to
alien transmissions but to all the other transmissions of the earth.

That she is a kind of Pole along with the North and South ones and
draws the magnetic fields of the earth toward herself like shiploads
of huddled immigrants and reads them like ticker tape inside her
spiky head.

That she feels what you feel but much more of it.

That she sees what you see but the backside of it as well, the side
you will never see.

That she has already begun to change something even in you, even
in me.

That we already know what it is.

Beloved Idea


“This brave and remarkable debut functions as one long poem and achieves extension through Stein-like repetition, and meaning through accretion and excess. In seeking a metaphorical ideal, Killough’s struggle to write is a struggle to understand her feelings for her nation—a process akin to a mother learning that her child is a murderer, a truth from which there can be no refuge or respite. “Killough is a poet who is not afraid to be ‘too big.’ Her world cannot be contained within narrow margins; her sentences sprawl across the lines and pages like our own messy beloved geographies, the country we call home.”
Library Journal

“[Beloved Idea] is an interesting trip through the minefield of metaphor. Each one you step on has the possibility of exploding.”
The Great American Pin-Up

“Disentangling the complicated intersections of faith and American identity drive the progression of the twenty-three poems that make up Beloved Idea…The poems skirt on the edge of the breakdown of language as the metaphor takes on a variety of guises: sheep’s clothing, Melville’s white whale, an astronaut, the Mississippi River…Beloved Ideauses the idea of the metaphor to create pluralities of meaning within one word or symbol.”
ForeWord Magazine

“Astonishingly original and disturbingly urgent, Beloved Idea foregrounds metaphor as a means of exploring the nation in which we live. Using the sentence as a flexible prosodic unit, Ann Killough creates a sequence that offers linguistic delights and sly humor even as it forces us to confront the most difficult questions about our history, literature, politics, and culture.”
—Martha Collins

“Ann Killough’s voice is self-aware, skeptical, and inconsolable. With bracketed lower case titles and long strophic lines, with fragmented echoes of the white whale and the open road, and with proliferating metaphors that question the worth and nature of metaphor itself, Killough probes the soul of 21st century America and gives our own quiet desperation a name and vivid shape.”
—Fred Marchant

Beloved Idea investigates our world with passionately reasoned nearly desperate attention. Acknowledging the present we find ourselves questioning, Ann Killough braves multiple acts of metaphorical consequence. Reading this book awakens one’s desire to understand why we’re here and what we’re capable of thinking. It invites one’s mind to awaken. It is therefore a very, very good book.”
—Dara Wier

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