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Poetry. In GIRLWOOD, Jennifer Still's second collection, her poems come of age: they take the dare; they cross out of sapling and into maturity's thicket. But the poems don't leave the girl behind, they bring her along: as sylph, as raconteur, as witness, as pure, unstoppable bravado. These songs of liberation and confinement arise from the rich and mysterious connection bPoetry. In GIRLWOOD, Jennifer Still's second collection, her poems come of age: they take the dare; they cross out of sapling and into maturity's thicket. But the poems don't leave the girl behind, they bring her along: as sylph, as raconteur, as witness, as pure, unstoppable bravado. These songs of liberation and confinement arise from the rich and mysterious connection between mother and daughter. Here, the mother figure is as vulnerable as the daughter, caged by domestic duty, by the fear that snakes through sexuality, the longing and the repulsion that accompany mortal desire. The daughter is at once compassionate and defiant. This is the paradox at the heart of this collection. "Mother, divine me," Jennifer Still writes, and later, "Mother, spare me." Between these two phrases, which are both plea and command, we experience all the tangled pathways between mother and daughter, the cries of devotion and the congested laments....

Title : Girlwood
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ISBN : 9781926829661
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 119 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Girlwood Reviews

  • Sara
    2018-11-09 21:44

    First time in a while that I've read a book and wanted to read it again immediately - in part to find out why it is so moving, so sob-inducing. The language is spare, simple, yet the poetry dense and intense. About growing up, teen years in a Canadian town in the 80s, and about the charged and self-self nature of mother-daughter relationship. That confusion of who is other, who is self, the series of births in one lifetime. "Haunting and powerful" - Daphne MarlattTrue to adolescence, hits the raw kernels there, of pain and change...

  • Laura
    2018-11-12 02:58

    Shifting styles and perspectives, from child to woman, describe how we grow up and what we leave behind.