Title: Gentle Alice
Author: Kris Dikeman
In: Mad Hatters and March Hares (Ellen Datlow)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Poetry
5th sentence, 74th page: plates and
A poem which tells the story of Gentle Alice.
One of the things that I love most about this poem is the way in which it is laid out on the page. The entire thing takes the shape of a teacup with a wisp of steam coming from the top. The perfect poem and imagery to start off a collection of stories based around Alice in Wonderland.
Although this is a short, sweet and concise poem, it bares the wordplay and interplay that I loved throughout Carroll’s works. It is one of those multilayered stories that I will read again and again and again whenever I need to quickly be transported away to another world. And it will continuously reveal new, fun and intriguing meanings. Actually… I think I’ll go and read it again right now…
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