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Contents of a Mermaid’s Purse
by Phoebe Tsang
Genre: Fairy Tales, Poetry
Paperback: 62 pages
Printed on FSC-certified mixed sources paper 95% and Ancient Forest Friendly.
Description from the publisher:
Poems that are like incantations, love spells spoken in a young lyrical voice.
These poems are an existential exploration of love and mortality via fairytales and nature. Travelling freely among the shattered confines of identity and gender, travel and environment, the dreamlike narrative unfolds in lyric language, telling of love lost and found, and mythologies that inform the journey with passages in the rhythm of fairytales.
and scatter from the eaves in a flurry
of feathers, cries, and bits of old leaves
as if the child who still wanders
the ruins of castle walls had thrown
a pebble at the dark lake face of night
only for it to teal again, blank
as a mirror. And this is the clostest
I ever get to living, her in Fulda.
- The Princess and the Pauper, page 28
Interesting factoid from author:
The Baroque City of Fulda in Hesse, Germany, was the inspiration for "The Princess and the Pauper." Hesse also happend to be the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm.
Being that I like fairy tales, the theme of this book of poems was perfect for me.
I came across some pretty passages with scenes of love.
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Offer ends: November 28, 2010
The title of this book conjures fancifal images in my mind.
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