Megan Kaminski's Underappreciated Plains
The University Daily Kansan talks with poet, writer, and KU professor Megan Kaminski about her new chapbook Each Acre (above/ground press, 2018). "Having lived here for over a decade, Kaminski decided to make her next work about connection, compassion, and nature all around us. The Midwest just happens to be where it is centered," writes Wyatt Hall. More:
“Kansas is underappreciated,” Kaminski said. “The Great Plains are underappreciated places.”
Kaminski has published two full books of poetry with a third set to publish in 2020. The central theme of her writing has been about how we live in the world, with each other, and how we can do that in a way that is more compassionate and more in line with who we truly are.
“I hope to create an immersive world for the reader to inhabit,” Kaminski said. “I’m going for an experience rather than just giving one particular message.”
[Doctoral student Leslie] Wheeler was allowed to read the manuscript before it was fully published, and she had nothing but good things to say.“They are these perfect crystallized visions of nature and humans and the way they interact,” Wheeler said. “They are serious but at the same time very beautiful.”