Hemisphere by Ellen Hagan
The poems in Hemisphere explore what it means to be a daughter and what it means to bear new life. Ellen Hagan investigates the world historical hemispheres of a family legacy from around the globe and moves down to the most intimate hemisphere of impending motherhood. Her poems reclaim the female body from the violence, both literal and literary, done to it over the years. Hagan acknowledges the changing body of a mother from the strains of birth—from the growing body of a child, to the scars left most visibly by a C-section—as well as the changes wrought by age and, too often, abuse. The existence of a hemisphere implies a part seeking a whole, and as a collection, Hemisphere is a coherent and cogent journey toward reclamation and wholeness.
LLEN HAGAN (a KY native) is the author of Crowned. She serves as Poetry Chair of the DreamYard Project and coleads the Alice Hoffman Young Writers Retreat at Adelphi University. Hagan’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Underwired Magazine and in the anthologies She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy) and Southern Sin. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City.