This was a beautiful collection of art and poetry. While I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, I think people familiar with the genre will love this book.
This was an amazing collection of poetry! While there was a poem or two that kind of threw me off, it’s no surprise that Giannelli’s collection won the Iowa Poetry Prize.
The short version: If you only read one book of poetry this year, let it be this one. As someone who loves poetry, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was beautifully written, and provides incredible insight to those who feel most forgotten in the course of humanity.
The short version: If you like poetry, read this book. Many of the poems were ones that would be covered in red had I handed them in to my poetry professors, but I still loved these poems, and as subjective as it is, I feel a little more myself after having read them.
The short version: If you enjoy poetic re-imaginings of folklore, Shakespeare, and religion, I would recommend this book.
Short Version: I was not a fan. It might be okay if you’ve never read poetry before, but if you’re already acquainted with the genre, I’d look for something else.