Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley

Press description: "What if the lady -- Jane Austen's contemporary --who conceived the world's most intriguing modern monster (Doc Frankenstein's creature) -- was also a proto-suffragette, precursor-feminist, and, simultaneously, much to her chagrin, wedded to a narcissist poet, whose liberalism urged on his libertinism? How would such a woman think? What would she say about her majuscule Romantic dilemma and miniscule romantic predicament? Such are the questions that Chad Norman pursues in his act (and art) of sympathetic re-animation: Squall: Poems in the Voice of Mary Shelley."

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

In Suzanne Collins's The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020), the prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy, a major character is named Lucy Gray. In chapter 26, another character references the "really old [song] by some man named Wordsworth" and sings a version of the poem which the protagonist, Coriolanus Snow, cannot understand: "He couldn't make sense of it...It reminded him of the time he hadn't understood a poem in rhetoric class and Livia Cardew had humiliated him in front of everyone. What a dreadful song."

Edge of the Orison

The story goes that in 1841, the poet John Clare escaped from High Beach Asylum in Epping Forest and, heading towards his home in Northborough, covered eighty miles over three-and-a-half days. On foot and alone, he was searching for his lost love, Mary Joyce - a woman already three years dead... In Iain Sinclair s hands, the bare facts of John Clare's story turn both strange and elliptical.


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