You don't scare me
Lauren Banka's debut collection draws on the spare and biting language of academic theory, fairy tale, and standardized tests to dissect queer identity and sexual assault. This complex portrait of survival gives voice to hurt, fury, and surprising moments of sweetness. Banka has built a reputation not only as a fresh and incisive voice, but as an agitator against sexual violence in the poetry community. Here, she presents a nakedly activist body of work, designed to give survivors new vocabulary, and predators nowhere to hide.