House of Mystery

by Courtney Bates-Hardy | :: Jump to Buy Links ::

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. Siren
Undine
Letter of the Mermaid
Captive
Siren
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Pool
Human Perfection
A Mermaid in Love with the Sun
Three Girls

II. Hating Cinderella
Midnight
The Step-Sister Speaks
The Birth of Beauty
“The Good People”
Beauty, Sleeping
Red I
Red II
Father Ocean
Ivory Tower
Jack’s Forgotten Sister
Diamonds and Toads
The Word and the Wing
Meditations on Yellow

III. Origin Story
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Origin Story
Bedtime
Alice
Donkeyskin
Eclipse
Dorothy
Romantic Comedy
Office Girl
Working Woman
Camping
Wolf
Princess Lessons
Not Like Fairy Tales
Upon Marriage
Snow White Leaves
I Understand You, Step-Mother
After Ever After
Ogress
Dishes
Witch I
Witch II
Wendy
Mother-Witch
Grandmother
Red Swing Set

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House of Mystery is a beautifully dark and vivid collection of poems that tears down our familiar ideas about fairy tales. These are not poems about privileged princesses who live happily ever after; these are poems about monsters, mothers, witches and mermaids. They explore the pain of change and womanhood, and transform the way we think about fairy tales. Bates-Hardy moves through the childhood stories and delves into the violent and problematic origins of Cinderella, Snow White, and many other favourites. Lyrical and haunting, her poems will follow you long after you find your way through the forest.

ISBN: 9781771484039
eISBN: 9781771484046


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