Today's poem is "She Had Unexplained Fevers"
from Unexplained Fevers

New Binary Press

Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011) which was an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist in 2012. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University.

Other poems by Jeannine Hall Gailey in Verse Daily:
July 16, 2011:   "Advice Given to Me Before My Wedding" "Better to be the lover than the beloved, you'll have passion...."
July 13, 2007:   "The Husband Tries to Write to the Disappearing Wife" " I could have kept you..."
April 30, 2006:   "When Red Becomes the Wolf" " In my dream you brought me fired bologna sandwiches...."
April 5, 2006:   "Femme Fatale" " Even our names sound delicious..."
March 1, 2005:  "Wonder Woman Dreams of the Amazon" "I miss the tropes of Paradise—green vines..."

Books by Jeannine Hall Gailey:

Other poems on the web by Jeannine Hall Gailey:
Four poems
"The Robot Scientist’s Daughter [apocalypse]"
"Appalachian Childhoods Look Much More Picturesque"
Five poems
Six poems
Four poems
Two poems
"Female Comic Book Superheroes"
Two poems
"Allerleirauh Reveals Her True Self to the Prince"
"To a Self-Proclaimed Manic Depressive Ex-Stripper Poet, After a Reading"
"Sleeping Beauty Loves the Needle"
"The Snow Queen"
"The Robot Scientist's Daughter [Before]"
"I Forgot to Tell You the Most Important Part. . ."

Jeannine Hall Gailey's Home Page.

Jeannine Hall Gailey according to Wikipedia.

Jeannine Hall Gailey on Twitter.

About Unexplained Fevers:

"Unexplained Fevers plucks the familiar fairy tale heroines and drops them into alternate landscapes. Unlocking them from the old stories is a way to ‘rescue the other half of [their] souls.’ And so Sleeping Beauty arrives at the emergency room, Red Riding Hood reaches the car dealership, and Rapunzel goes wandering in the desert – their journeys, re-imagined in this inventive collection of poems, produce other dangers, betrayals and nightmares, but also bring forth great surprise and wonder."
—Rigoberto González

"Unexplained Fevers begins with that most familiar of phrases, “Once upon a time,” but the world we find inside these covers is deeply defamiliarized. Trapped by physical ills, cultural expectations, and the constraints of marriage, these heroines interrogate the world and propel themselves through it with cunning and sass. We follow, for example, Jack and Jill though a prose poem where they ‘somehow turned thirty without thunderous applause,’ after having sworn they ‘would follow each other anywhere, but anywhere turned out to be a lot like Ohio.’ At the center of these poems – urgent, mysterious, evocative – we find the great topic of all fairy tales, transformation. Read Unexplained Fevers, and be transformed."
—Beth Ann Fennelly

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