A common exercise in a creative writing class has students take a fairy tale and re-write it in poetic form. The exercise is challenging, but I thoroughly enjoyable. Jeanine Hall Gailey’s third book of poetry, Unexplained Fevers, helps the heroes and heroines step out of the towers and oppressive households. She uses these poems as allegories for the problems facing many people today. Gailey is the Poet laureate of Redmond, Washington. I was pleased to discover this collection is a serious read.
As we all know, the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales were rather dark, but they all had deep symbolic meaning. Here is a sample of Gailey’s work: “I Like the Quiet: Rapunzel”:
“Solitude my solace, wrapped around me
Another poem, “Advice Left Between the Pages of Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” ties a few fairy tales together:
“Life is not a fairy tale, and this isn’t your pumpkin coach.
“At the end of our story, we roll along
How can we lament what we’ve missed,
These poems grab our memories of childhood tales and bring us into the reality of life today. You will find yourself going back over these pieces again, and again. 5 stars