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 Dream of Reason is similarly preoccupied with creatures of all kinds: tiny...
Details The Dream of Reason
|Title||The Dream of Reason|
|Release Date||Jun 5th, 2018|
|Publisher||Copper Canyon Press|
Reviews The Dream of Reason
- Rita Dove recommended this poet, previously unknown to me, and I was quite taken with so many poems about the life of the farmer, specifically the lives and deaths of animals on a farm. Though that's not the only subject George treats on, it's a big part of this, and it's unique. Something you don't see poetry treat too often, especially now when farm life is not exactly a burning topic in the poetry world.Here's a look at one of her animal 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: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem...
- I love this book so much.
- 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!
- 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.
- 4 1/2 Animals are people, too. Seriously, the language here is so stupidly good.
- 📚📚📚📚📚 Damn, Jenny George, damn you are good. This debut collection sings with eerie, violent beauty, exposing the violence we cause to animals, to each other, and to ourselves in the name of survival and necessity. Here’s the opening poem, “Origins of Violence”:There is a hole. In the hole is everything people will doto each other. The hole goes down and down. It has many rooms like graves and like graves they are all connect...
- "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.
- WHAT AN INCREDIBLE BOOK PLEASE GO READ IT IT IS EVERYTHING YOU WANT FROM POETRYWHICH 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
- "VaudevilleThe pigs hang in rows like pink overcoats.Their slaughter is fresh, a rosy blush--as if chorus girls have only juststepped out of them,leaving the empty garmentsswaying on their hooks."This book is absolutely stunning- it is one of the best books of poetry I've read.
- So many I want to re-read and remember and keep with me.