Kate Durbin has taken the reality show Hoarders and distilled it into heartbreaking poetry. Durbin pairs interview fragments with descriptions of the items that suffocate the subjects' spaces, and her arrangements are magical. These are moving portraits of Americans attempting to heal trauma with consumption.— From Mike
In Hoarders, Durbin deftly traces the associations between hoarding and collective US traumas rooted in consumerism and the environment. Each poem is a prismatic portrait of a person and the beloved objects they hoard, from Barbies to snow globes to vintage Las Vegas memorabilia to rotting fruit to plants. Using reality television as a medium, Durbin conjures an uncanny space of attachments that reflects a cultural moment back to the reader in ways that are surreal and tender. In the absurdist tradition of Kafka and Beckett, Hoarders ultimately embraces with sympathy the difficulty and complexity of the human condition.