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
So many I want to re-read and remember and keep with me.
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.
Perfectly toeing the line between dreams and reality, Jenny George captures a facet of human emotion that lives in our subconscious swimming just beneath the surface of the things we can comprehend and put words to. Dreams often make little sense, but they provide key insight to the human mind and heart, and I couldn’t ask for a better representation of that than what I find in this book of poems!
Find me a better opening poem in a debut collection. What a unique book. One that you can read from front to back in an hour, but one that demands much more time. Again, find me a better opening poem:
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE BOOK PLEASE GO READ IT
IT IS EVERYTHING YOU WANT FROM POETRY
WHICH IS TO SAY EMOTIONAL AND GUTTING AND ABOUT GUTS TOO ALSO LOVE AND ALSO CHILDHOOD AND ALSO SO EXACTING IN IT'S LANGUAGE YOU CAN HEAR THE BREATH BETWEEN THE WORDS WOWOW
Animals are people, too.
Seriously, the language here is so stupidly good.