Uncle Tompa is a trickster from folklore. One who Snyder highlights seamlessly in her beautiful poem, Uncle Tompa.
I love when you read a poem and it makes you want to dive
right into the subject matter and find out more. The fact that this poem
featured a trickster from folklore just tickled my fancy all the more. It was
actually incredibly sad that it was only two pages long.
The ebb and flow of Snyder’s poem was good like most of the modern, fantasy poems that I’ve been reading lately. But I loved the subject matter. There wasn’t really a tale that was highlighted or an adventure that anyone journeyed along, but there was a fun and humorous lead that jumped from the pages into your imagination. One that I imagined doing so with a wide grin plastered across his impish face.
Raven needs to win a bet and create the perfect bride. So how is he going to go about it?
This is a nice, quick and fun poem. It’s an easy read, but
one that has many hidden layers. I read it twice before I started trying to write
this review. After all, the hidden layers were happy to tell me something new each
and every re-read.
I really enjoy stories about Coyote and the Native American tricksters.
There is something that is a lot more fun and entertaining than some of the
other tricksters in mythology. It is a little less dark than many other
trickster stories. But there is still that great, fun sense of vengeance and
selfishness. A sense of equality in their very presence.
This poem had a very origins feel to it. Kind of like “how
the porcupine got its spines” or “how the camel got its hump” sort of story. Which
worked in brilliantly well with the trickster theme that runs throughout not
only this poem, but also the collection that I found it in.
Title: Run, Rabbit, Run Author: Jane Yolen In: Mad Hatters and March Hares (Ellen Datlow) Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!) My Bookshelves:Poetry Dates read: 29th March 2019 Pace: Slow Format: Short story Publisher: Tor Year: 2017 5th sentence, 74th page: when the dogs caught his scent.
Why must the rabbit run? How does he truly work into the world of Alice?
This isn’t one of my favourite poems. It isn’t one of those
that sticks with me. But it was a fun and interesting journey. A great way to
finish a fantastic collection. Easy, and engaging without making me think too
I loved that the Mad Hatters and March Hares collection both started and ended with a poem. Both are light and funny. Interesting. A great way to think about a classic in an entirely different way.
The rabbit is such an iconic aspect of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and you can understand completely why he caught Yolen’sattention. What a great way to finish such a fun journey… I just don’t have the words beyond that.
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.
The entire issue with Aurora’s birthday is that no one decided to observe the formalities. And we all know how this story eventually ends…
I absolutely loved this poem. Although Maleficent (or the
evil fairy from Sleeping Beauty) has always seemed kind of a terrifying
villain, she’s also been the one that I relate to the best. Well, maybe not
relate to, but understand. After all, she is retaliating against an incredible
slight. Plus, there are so many beautiful retellings in the world now which make
her seem far less evil, and just… misunderstood.
Which is probably why I love this poem so much. It highlights
the faux pas that was made in “observing the formalities”. And instead of
feeling like a tale of an evil witch, it is more about someone who really likes
the rules. Which an organise freak like me can completely relate to…
Coyote is normally seen as a man, but this beautiful poem investigates what it would be like if he was a woman.
I’m getting more and more into poetry as time passes. There is just something about the lyricism of the words and the symbolism they often impart. It just works beautifully. And the use of a female coyote in this story was just fantastic. I love that Dunn finds a way to impart the femininity of tricksters and can share this in so few pages.
This poem is beautiful and fun, easy and enthralling. I read
it twice in a row and could go back for thirds so easily. There is just
something quaint, beautiful and fun about it that made me fall in love again
and again and again.
Why didn’t such a smart cat outsmart his owner? Well, maybe he did.
I don’t think I’ve read the original tale of Puss in Boots.
Although I have read a few retellings over time, and I thought that doing new
take on an old classic using a poem was a quaint and attractive way in which to
do so. This was quick, sharp, shiny and straight to the point. It was also well
written, fun and great at highlighting the triumph of beast over man.
One of the things that I love about poems is the way in
which a single page, or a few lines can quickly get the point across. If this tale
was told in prose form, it would take at the very least a few pages of writing,
not the quick, and descriptive wording that is conveyed in poetry.
Title: O Terrible Bird Author: Sandra Kasturi In: Black Feathers (Ellen Datlow) Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again) My Bookshelves:Horror, Poetry Dates read: 23rd January 2019 Pace: Slow Format: Poem Publisher: Pegasus Books Ltd. Year: 2017 5th sentence, 74th page: Was it you? Are they limp in your claws?
An incredibly dark avian poem that will leave tingles running up and down your spine.
I knew that the collection Black Feathers was a horror collection based around birds. I knew this, and yet, it wasn’t until I read the opening poem that I really clicked as to what this truly meant. And then I was just uncomfortable. And drawn in. And imagining dark shadows soaring above us. This poem took me on a complete journey of horror and wonder. And in such a short amount of time.
This is the second of Kasturi’s poems that I’ve had the fortune of reading. And man, is it worth it. this is an incredibly intense and dark poem. One that, like all good pieces of poetry, has layer upon layer of meaning. And one that I will probably reread again and again in an attempt to find more meaning.
A poem that looks at the three different stages of women throughout fairy tales. It asks (and answers) the question “what happens after happily-ever-after”?
I really loved this poem. I tend to find with poetry, some
things just strike me beautifully, and some don’t really pull me in at all. But,
probably because this is a story that is based on the women of fairy tales, I
adored it. There was a great passage of time throughout the three stanzas and
they captured the ways in which we change over time.
What I liked most about this poetic tale was that it starts
with the innocents – the goosegirls, the princesses. Then it travels to their
happy endings – the princesses, the mothers. But, ultimately, it shows how these
happy endings turn into not-so-happy-endings – the stepmothers and the evil
witches. There is great duality right throughout this tale.
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…