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Bestiary
by Elise Paschen


Overview - "The poems in Elise Paschen's Bestiary explore domestic preoccupations set against the backdrop of the wild-heartedness, real and imagined, of the animal world," praises the poet Jason Shinder. In this modern-day Bestiary, or "Book of Beasts," the line between animal and human is thinly-drawn the daughter of a Celtic king, through love, is transformed from beast to human; lovers take flight as moon and owl; manatees transform, before the explorers' eyes, into mermaids.  Read more...

 
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Overview
"The poems in Elise Paschen's Bestiary explore domestic preoccupations set against the backdrop of the wild-heartedness, real and imagined, of the animal world," praises the poet Jason Shinder. In this modern-day Bestiary, or "Book of Beasts," the line between animal and human is thinly-drawn the daughter of a Celtic king, through love, is transformed from beast to human; lovers take flight as moon and owl; manatees transform, before the explorers' eyes, into mermaids. This dynamic runs throughout the collection: taking flight, hovering between air and earth, plunging, and then resurfacing from water. The poems create a constant engagement between what tethers us to our daily lives marriage, motherhood, raising a family, the loss of parents in old age and the desire for other worlds. Exploring notions of transformation, these poems cross thresholds between animal and human, between death and life.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781597091312
  • ISBN-10: 1597091316
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press
  • Publish Date: April 2009
  • Page Count: 80
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25 pounds


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