Knives by Jane Yolen

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Title: Knives
Author: Jane Yolen
In: Snow White, Blood Red (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Fairy tales, Poetry, Retellings
Dates read: 1st April 2019
Pace: Slow
Format: Poem
Publisher: Signet
Year: 1993
5th sentence, 74th page: in the language of love:

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A poem which gives a more adult, and slightly more disturbed outlook to the original tale of Cinderella.


One of my favourite things about poems is the multitude of meanings that a very few words can describe. The multitude of ways in which mere words can tell an entire story. It’s something that prose just can’t quite manage. Prose can fill in more information, but I find that poetry can often find more meaning.

I’ve always liked (ok, maybe loved) the original version more than the Disney PG one. It’s far more gory, the revenge that Cinderella is able to get it way better and it just is so much more yay. At least for my crazy brain. And this poem manages to take it a whole extra step. Making Cinderella’s voice far less passive and more aggressive. Which I just completely ate up.

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