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Savage Pageant recounts the history of the defunct zoo, Jungleland, which housed Hollywood's show animals up until its closure in 1969. In it, Stark explores the concept of US American spectacle and its historic ties to celebrity culture, the maternal body, racist taxonomies, the mistreatment of animals, and ecological violence. With a hybrid, documentary poetics, Savage P Savage Pageant recounts the history of the defunct zoo, Jungleland, which housed Hollywood's show animals up until its closure in 1969. In it, Stark explores the concept of US American spectacle and its historic ties to celebrity culture, the maternal body, racist taxonomies, the mistreatment of animals, and ecological violence. With a hybrid, documentary poetics, Savage Pageant reveals how we attempt to narrate and control geographical space and how ghosts (remainders, the sketch, unfinished stories) collapse the tidy corners of our collective, accumulative histories.


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Savage Pageant recounts the history of the defunct zoo, Jungleland, which housed Hollywood's show animals up until its closure in 1969. In it, Stark explores the concept of US American spectacle and its historic ties to celebrity culture, the maternal body, racist taxonomies, the mistreatment of animals, and ecological violence. With a hybrid, documentary poetics, Savage P Savage Pageant recounts the history of the defunct zoo, Jungleland, which housed Hollywood's show animals up until its closure in 1969. In it, Stark explores the concept of US American spectacle and its historic ties to celebrity culture, the maternal body, racist taxonomies, the mistreatment of animals, and ecological violence. With a hybrid, documentary poetics, Savage Pageant reveals how we attempt to narrate and control geographical space and how ghosts (remainders, the sketch, unfinished stories) collapse the tidy corners of our collective, accumulative histories.

37 review for Savage Pageant

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Cuello

    Here is my review of Savage Pageant at EcoTheo Review https://www.ecotheo.org/inhabited-by-... Here is my review of Savage Pageant at EcoTheo Review https://www.ecotheo.org/inhabited-by-...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Courtney LeBlanc

    Overall the poems I liked the most in this collection were the ones that focused on the poet's personal experiences/life but the majority of the poems focus on Jungleland, a privately owned wild animal place in California (I can't call it a sanctuary or refuge as that's not what it was). These poems I didn't love as much though I found them interesting. from Savage Pageant: A Genealogy: "My mother had four and wished for boys. // Sometimes you can't put all the bones / back where they're suppose Overall the poems I liked the most in this collection were the ones that focused on the poet's personal experiences/life but the majority of the poems focus on Jungleland, a privately owned wild animal place in California (I can't call it a sanctuary or refuge as that's not what it was). These poems I didn't love as much though I found them interesting. from Savage Pageant: A Genealogy: "My mother had four and wished for boys. // Sometimes you can't put all the bones / back where they're supposed to go. // I had a boy and they took you out with a knife." from Savage Pageant: 33 Weeks: "I pay to sit // with a circle of strangers to feel / more prepared and one woman // cries. I feel my eyes roll and / I curl into another language." from Conversion Disorders in the Burn Pits, Please Take Flight: "if you can think / yourself better you can also make yourself sick / with love call it mania for a collective / breakdown a stress response against a line of history / that speeds fast like red metal towards dense fog"

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