In her debut collection, Jenny George wields a poetic voice marked by focus and image-driven strangeness that is saturated in the horrors of the wild and the tamed. Responding to the post-industrial landscape of rural life, Jenny George braids together regional plains poetry and the darkly fantastic imagery of medieval painting. Alluding to Goya’s grotesque bestiary, The D...
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The Dream of Reason Reviews
I love this book so much.
I would not have thought I would have been so riveted, and moved, by a book with an entire section mostly about pigs, but I was! This section was both unusual and wonderful. I felt the influence of Louise Glück in these poems, but refashioned through a pastoral approach. Much to admire in this book.
"The trees are full of staring crows./ After we die, our lives take up no space at all./ The same is true of love." A fascinating debut collection, which presents a rural world as city dwellers like myself will never know - and by extension, a different kind of wisdom about humanity. Here, a pig is both a friend and a dinner, a body, merely a cage of bones a person or an animal is stuck in.