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Lacy Johnson exposes harsh truths about the world's infinite injustices

PROMPT: Book Review Competition 2019

In her latest memoir and book of essays, “The Reckonings," Lacy Johnson grapples with justice, punishment and the gray space in between, serving up a timely platter of penetrating truths and uncomfortable realities.

Early on, Johnson reveals her fragmented past, in a direct and straightforward way: she was kidnapped, raped, and almost killed by the man she loved. A betrayal in the most intimate, terrible form, and throughout her collection of essays, Johnson explores this imbalance of power一 men soaring...

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PROMPT: No Pause for Breath

The sky is gray but it isn't a sad day
because if gray days were sad days then every day
would be a sad day here
in Seattle where rain falls day and night and in winter
spring, summer, and fall
and sometimes people wear glossy raincoats
and sometimes they don't because we are all used to the rain by now
falling from the sky in sheets,
sometimes heavy and pounding like silver-glinted
nails hammered by the wind,
sometimes moist and...

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