Shapero writes in an urgent vernacular that flirts, stings, implores and demands with apparent abandon.”-Houston Chronicle Shapero’s poetics has real-world import for the way we use language to talk about messy things.”-VoltaThought-provoking and sardonically expressive, Shapero is a self-proclaimed hard child”-unafraid of directly addressing bleakness as she continually asks what it means to be human and to bring new life into the world. Hard Child is musical and argumentative, deadly serious yet tinged with self-parody, evoking the spirit of Plath while remaining entirely its own.From Hot StreakActually it’s ridiculous to opine on what kindof a dog I would be, were I ever a dog, as I don’tcontain within me half enough life to powera dog. I WOULD BE A DEAD DOG, THAT’SWHAT KIND, ormaybe a mere industrial objectboasting a low-grade animation, some odd beepor flicker, like a dryer or a bulb. So, sure, I couldbe a reluctant bulb, the only one still offering lightin an otherwise burnt-out fixture boltedhard to a row house porch. And all those moths,with no other place to die. Can’t they murderthemselves on someone else?...Natalie Shapero has worked as a civil rights lawyer and is currently Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University. Her first poetry collection No Object was published in 2013, and her writing has appeared in The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, and The Progressive. She lives in Massachusetts.