The Poetry Project: Peg Duthie
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Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice. And I give absolutely no fucks.

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April 6, 2016

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Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie

Peg Duthie is a Taiwanese Tennessean museum editor and utility singer. Her work has appeared in Measured Extravagance (Upper Rubber Boot, 2012), at First Class Lit and elsewhere, and there’s more about her at

Look at that, you son of a bitch

In the world I want to believe in, we would greet
hard truths with the gentleness born of water
long gone under the bridge, milk wrung out
of mops whose grey-clean strands
also soaked up the tearfalls slicking
the hay and slopping the mud against
our came-by-their-age-honestly boots.

Read the rest in Rattle.

“Look at that, you son of a bitch” is a punch in the gut–and rightly so.  It’s about science and knowledge and tainted water in the city of Flint, Michigan. Duthie’s work is elegantly constructed and I love the way she uses enjambment, especially in this piece.

Duthie often works in formal forms, making order out of seeming chaos. Her subject matter is eclectic and wide-ranging and it’s always a delight to read her work. I gain new perspectives and see the world in a slightly different way after I’ve immersed myself in her words.

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