Belly of the Beast by Ashe Vernon

5.5″ x 8.5″ | 82 pages | ISBN: 978-0692300541

Belly of the Beast
by Ashe Vernon

This is the story of how I never stopped running.
This is the story of how,
when the wolves knocked,
I met them at the door
and I became the beast, instead.

– from “Little Red”

Ashe Vernon is a pansexual poet currently stationed in Austin, Texas with their girlfriend and two cats. Ashe is the author of four full length collections of poetry, including Wrong Side of a Fistfight which was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Currently working as the Senior Editor of Poetry with Persephone’s Daughters literary magazine, Ashe is virtually always in the middle of a dozen different projects. They spend their summers touring poetry with their best friend, Jordan Hamilton, and living out of a car for months at a time. Ashe is a very tiny person with very tiny hands and a whole lot to say about it.

Reviews for Belly of the Beast:

“Into the Belly of the Beast we crawl with Ashe as our guide; into the dark visceral spaces where love, lust, descent and desire work their transformative magic and we find ourselves utterly altered in the reading. A truly gifted poet and truth-spiller, Ashe’s metaphors create images within images, leading us to question the subjective truths, both shared and hidden, in personal relationship – to the other, and to oneself. Unflinching in their approach, their poetry gives voice to that which most struggle to admit – even if only to themselves. And as such, Belly of the Beast is a work of startling courage and rich depth – a darkly delicious pleasure.”

Amy Palko
Goddess Guide, Digital Priestess & Writer

“It isn’t often you find a book of poetry that is as unapologetic, as violent, as moving as this one. Ashe’s writing is intense and visceral. You feel the punch in your gut while you’re reading, but you don’t question it. You know why it’s there and you almost welcome it.”

Caitlyn Siehl
Author of What We Buried

“The poems you are about to encounter are the fierce time capsules of girlhood, girded with sharp elbows, surprise kisses, the meanders of wanderlust. We need voices this strong, this true for the singing reminds us that we are not alone, that someone, somewhere is listening for the faint pulse that is our wish to be seen. Grab hold, this voice will be with us forever.”

RA Washington

“There are poems that soothe and poems that pierce. And then there are poems that beg you to remember that you are both soother and piercer, inflicted and inflicting. Ashe Vernon’s fierce book of poems, Belly of the Beast calls us to remember that even when we are burning, we are also the flames. Read them when you need a reminder of how very bad it can feel to be good – and how very good it can feel to be bad.”

Alexis Yael
Poet & Photographer

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