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Girlwood Jennifer Still

Girlwood

Jennifer Still

Published
ISBN : 9781926829661
Paperback
119 pages
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Poetry. In GIRLWOOD, Jennifer Stills second collection, her poems come of age: they take the dare- they cross out of sapling and into maturitys thicket. But the poems dont leave the girl behind, they bring her along: as sylph, as raconteur, asMorePoetry. In GIRLWOOD, Jennifer Stills second collection, her poems come of age: they take the dare- they cross out of sapling and into maturitys thicket. But the poems dont leave the girl behind, they bring her along: as sylph, as raconteur, as witness, as pure, unstoppable bravado. These songs of liberation and confinement arise from the rich and mysterious connection between mother and daughter. Here, the mother figure is as vulnerable as the daughter, caged by domestic duty, by the fear that snakes through sexuality, the longing and the repulsion that accompany mortal desire. The daughter is at once compassionate and defiant. This is the paradox at the heart of this collection. Mother, divine me, Jennifer Still writes, and later, Mother, spare me. Between these two phrases, which are both plea and command, we experience all the tangled pathways between mother and daughter, the cries of devotion and the congested laments.