Unexplained Fevers

Unexplained Fevers

by Jeannine Hall Gailey

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Unexplained Fevers by Jeannine Hall Gailey

"Unexplained Fevers plucks the familiar fairy tale heroines and drops them into alternate landscapes. Unlocking them from the old stories is a way to “rescue the other half of [their] souls.” And so Sleeping Beauty arrives at the emergency room, Red Riding Hood reaches the car dealership, and Rapunzel goes wandering in the desert - their journeys, re-imagined in this inventive collection of poems, produce other dangers, betrayals and nightmares, but also bring forth great surprise and wonder."

- Rigoberto González, author of Black Blossoms

"Unexplained Fevers begins with that most familiar of phrases, “Once upon a time,” but the world we find inside these covers is deeply defamiliarized. Trapped by physical ills, cultural expectations, and the constraints of marriage, these heroines interrogate the world and propel themselves through it with cunning and sass. We follow, for example, Jack and Jill though a prose poem where they “somehow turned thirty without thunderous applause,” after having sworn they “would follow each other anywhere, but anywhere turned out to be a lot like Ohio.” At the center of these poems - urgent, mysterious, evocative - we find the great topic of all fairy tales, transformation. Read Unexplained Fevers, and be transformed."

- Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Unmentionables

Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011) which was an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist in 2012. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780957466128
Publisher: New Binary Press
Publication date: 03/30/2013
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.18(d)

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Unexplained Fevers 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was weird. I mean the poems were interesting but still, a good read though.