Today's poem is "Gretel"
from The Poets' Grimm, edited by Jeanne Marie Beaumont & Claudia Carlson

Story Line Press

Mary Jo Bang is the author of three books of poems: Apology for Want (Univ. Press New England, 1997), Louise in Love (Grove, 2001), and The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of Swans (Georgia, 2001). She has been poetry editor of Boston Review since 1995 and currently teaches at Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

About The Poets' Grimm, edited by Jeanne Marie Beaumont & Claudia Carlson:

"The German myths shrunken into children’s tales with the coming of Christianity might have been lost with the arrival of the modern era were it not for the methodical and comprehensive work of brothers Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm and the latter’s wife Dortchen Wild, source of many stories, who is rarely credited. The archetypal power of the stories, especially those with female protagonists, has induced many poets to employ their themes, motifs, and characters. This ample collection stresses the utility of the Grimm tales to women who, like Anne Sexton, Carol Ann Duffy, and Lucille Clifton, find in these “old wives’ tales” a repository of strong feminine imagery. But the figures and plots of the tales are too complex to countenance poets who would use the stories for mere polemics, and so the poets at hand inlcude Galway Kinnell and Denise Duhamel, Randall Jarrell and Olga Broumas, Jane Yolen and Allen Tate. A strong, readable, uniformly high-quality anthology."
—Patricia Monaghan, Booklist

"If you care to revisit those dark Germanic woods and re-experience the traumas of your first exposure to stories, you could hardly wish for better guides than the poets gathered in the cottage of this anthology. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White—they’re all here, dusted off and freshened through revision. The Poets’ Grimm welcomes you back to childhood with a sly modernist twist."
—Billy Collins

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