"What do we mean when we say a poet is ambitious? Is ambition ever good? Ralph Hamilton’s debut, Teaching a Man to Unstick His Tail, may embody that sentiment, the kind of collection that forces us to reconsider which metaphors we have inherited and how we can help them survive... In our everyday practice of art, how do we define ourselves as the flawed and impossibly human creatures we claim to be, if not by reflecting on the shame that makes us human?"
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