If you’re a poetry fan, you’ve likely already heard about Judas Goat, Seattle poet Gabrielle Bates’s debut collection. Bates is one of the voices on the Poet Salon podcast, and these last few years her poems have been appearing in some of the nation’s most celebrated literary journals. Judas Goat is thoughtful and foreboding, using fairy tales and religious figures to examine desire, betrayal, and belonging. I especially admire how the poem endings expand and deepen their reach and meaning. Highly recommend.
–Erin Malone, formerly of Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA, currently of Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island, WA