Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review: "Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty" by Christine Heppermann

I came across this title when looking for some feminist poetry, and then it was suggested to me by someone on Litsy... so it was clear that I need to give this a chance.

This collection uses fairy tales as inspiration for poetry looking at gender roles, beauty standards, and the insecurities teenage girls face.  The fairy tale images are turned back on itself, or reworked with the modern twist which I thought was interesting.

There were a couple poems that I really liked, as well as many of the photographs that accompany the words.  But a lot of it I just thought was okay.  Some were written in a form that I'm not used to, and just displays my lack of knowledge or understanding where poetry is concerned.  I'm still working on that.  But others I read, and just felt like saying "okay, next."

I guess that I'm looking for poetry that makes me feel energized or emotional or something.  I feel like that exists somewhere, and I just need to find it.  I also know that whatever that will be for me is not necessarily the same as for someone else.  But I'll get there...  I just need to keep giving it a try.

Poisoned Apples:  Poems for You, My Pretty
by Christing Heppermann
Greenwillow Books, 2014
128 pages
Source:  Library


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