Nominated for an Elgin Award this collection of poems *TELLS A STORY A STORY I COULD HAVE KEPT *a story a story I could have kept Perhaps there will be a seuel Balkun uses her character a mythical hybrid of her own creation to tap into the universal feelings of any outsiderEkphrastic poetry adds to the pleasures and to my knowledge of visual artists Leonora Carrington and Kirsty Mitchell This is a wonderfully fabulist chapbook full of surreal imagery I haven t read anything like it In the first poem Balkun imagines the title character born into a suburban family during an ice storm was unusualthe cold front the leporid wind screamNurses worried the maternity ward Balkun continues If the patients looked up they would have seenthe last photographs of the new dead flickeracross the screen with captions like tragic Nobody knew to blame the jackalope irl newb. Jackalope Girl Learns to Speak is a chapbook of poems that use domestic fabulism to tell a story of adoption Fabulist elements are placed right in the familiar world Jacka.
Stacey Balkun â 0 charactersEply whatever we think we understand about *family ties Balkun S Poems Captivate Completely I Really Enjoyed This Collection Very poems captivate completely I really enjoyed this collection very It s full *ties Balkun s poems captivate completely I really enjoyed this collection very much It s full visceral images and longing and confusion The Jackalope Girl speaks to us mere humans on so many levels and so profoundly I will be reviewing this collection first for the SFPA s StarLine and then for Amazing Stories hopefully including some recitations for you Jackalope Girl Learns to Speak is a magical story in verse Stacey Balkun reimagines myths and bible stories as she writes about half animals half humans animal cities birthmamas adoption and the dreams and desires that motivate us all I m toughter than I look is a line that will stick with me Jackalope irl is fully formed in the first pages of this collection with a tiny mouth large ears and teeth that refuse to remain in their place. Adoption The theme central to many of these poems is loss Some poems speak from the voice of Jackalope Girl’s imagined birthmother Antler Girl Using a wide range of styl. ,
Orn and hungryears still unfurling nesting in a stranger s arms Myth The rest of The Book Examines This Premise book examines this premise all its strangeness with Balkun spinning a wonder tale about Jackalope Girl with poems *all its strangeness with Balkun spinning a wonder tale about Jackalope Girl with poems tell of her lost birth sisters how she learns to speak her first time her first tattoo But the real wonder of the collection is the extended metaphor Balkun builds simultaneously about alienation adoption and those who feel like transplants in their own families is the extended metaphor Balkun builds simultaneously about alienation adoption and those who feel like transplants in their own families recommended Magical ut punching familial myth braided with a powerful assertion of the self Jackalope Girl Learns to Speak is domestic fabulism a branch of magical realism at its sharpest weaving together the heart strings in Brooklyn's Song gorgeously tight lyrics of a birthmother the daughter she placed for adoption The fairy tale structure asks readers to re evaluate to examine de. Lope Girl airl with antlers whiskers and rabbit ears is born meets boys deals with her obvious weirdness deals with her adoptive father’s illness and learns about her. ,