Poetry. Fantasy, fear, and freedom all play parts in A STORY OF WITCHERY, a book-length narrative poem by Jennifer Calkins, and illustrated by Sarah Lane. Here we meet Emily, our "small and weedy" protagonist, an orphan complicit (perhaps) in her own abandonment, and who is caught up, as poet Amy Gerstler writes in her Introduction, in a story "entwined with science facts and twisted clinical fictions." In language rolling and tripping with spare precision, Calkins makes a modern pilgrim progress into the imagination and the dark world of medicine. Rich and haunting images create an seemingly familiar environment which, like the internal landscape of the protagonist, dissolves only to reform, until finally resolving into a healed whole.
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Jennifer Calkins is a poet and evolutionary biologist. Her work has been published in a variety of journals and anthologies including 4th Street, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Big Bridge, Ken*Again and Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Her chapbook, Devil Card, was published by Beard of Bees Press.Review:
"...a dizzying dream world ...a strange, brave journey in which normalcy, deformity, violation and wholeness are radically realigned..." -- Amy Gerstler, author of Ghost Girl
"In her weird and wired teratological poem, this poet sings through an olde mist..." -- Eric Elshtain, Beard of Bees Press
"Witchery is so sly, so bizarre, so unpredictable, so unpredictably beautiful at every sly and bizarre and unpredictable turn..." --Cecilia Woloch, author of Late
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Book Description Les Figues Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110976637146
Book Description Les Figues Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0976637146 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1501789