“I’ve Always Been Drawn to Objects”: Talking “Hoarders” With Kate Durbin

Kate Durbin

Hoarders, newly out with Wave Books, is writer/artist Kate Durbin’s third book of poetry. Titled after the reality television show of the same name, each poem brings to life a person and their attachments—from sketches of naked women to rotting food to VHS tapes to clothes to cats. Here, Durbin lays bare the American Dream as nightmare, and the links between trauma and capitalism, not turning away from the darker aspects of hoarding. But the book illuminates a new kind of aliveness as well, an unusual way of thinking about objects, and a sense of humanity that is beautifully complex. 

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