Anyone who thinks good poetry has to be soft and pretty is hereby invited to read Allison Hedge Coke's "The Year of the Rat." If they dare.
Almost as long as a short story in verse, the poem chronicles the harrowing trials of a young mother who escapes her abusive spouse only to discover that the shelter to which she has fled is infested with a rat pack straight out of Stephen King. Or Edgar Allan Poe.
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