Some Girls Authors:Janet McNally Genre:Poetry Series:White Pine Press Poetry Prize Volume:20
“Some Girls is full of strange and lovely images, quirky humor, and an uncanny insight into the classic myths and fairy tales that reveal these stories to be as true and revelatory as ever. The past and the present, the personal and the universal, are braided with surprising and lush language. The great poet Stanley Kunitz said we have to avoid not only cliches of language, but cliches of thought and these poems succeed in that. Janet McNally is a fresh and original voice.”
“These poems chart with a rare grace and lyric skill the traffic between the plainspoken, ordinary moment and the visionary one. Every page brings surprises and pleasures. This is a lived life, with its memories,
its revelations. And through music, craft and the sheer power of language we are invited not just to observe it but to share it.”
“Janet McNally’s poems bring us on a journey through layers of consciousness and somnolence, where the here and now of the present moment coexist with elsewheres and otherwheres from the dreamtime of the human race. What if the world we live in, with its freights of identity — mother, sister, lover, friend — is also the world where the grammar of myth and fairytale is real, as powerful as childbirth, as motherhood, as learning to be human? What if the wind that knocks down cherryblossom petals is also the wind off the stars that sweeps new souls down to our aching earth? Wouldn’t it be good to have poems that weave in and out of this multi-level world, poems where Persephone and a girl remembered from childhood can hold their ground with, speak to and listen to, oracles and wise women? Well, it would indeed be good, and here are those poems. “
Janet McNally, who teaches creative writing at Canisius College, has an MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame. She has been awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her writing has appeared in publications including Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Mid-American Review, Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, and Best New Poets 2012. She lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband and three daughters.
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