Cora Fry's Pillow Book
Through the persona of Cora Fry, a wife and mother living in a small New Hampshire town, Rosellen Brown explores the ambivalent ties of love, loyalty, marriage, and family in a series of related poems. This volume includes the entire text of Cora Fry (1977), a kind of dramatic monologue, written in spare, simple lines, which describes the young woman’s daily life and troub...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 31st 1996 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(first published 1994)
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This one is definitely a novel in poems as opposed to a novel in verse. What's the difference? Well, unlike Omeros or Autobiography of Red (the latter of which is subtitled A Novel in Verse), its segments are untitled lyric poems rather than numbered chapters. As the title suggests, it resembles a diary. Set in rural New Hampshire, it's mostly about the speaker/protagonist's relationships: with her husband, children, parents, brother, friends, even her hometown. In fact the poems are mostly abou...more
I read the original (Cora Fry) when my marriage was falling apart. This new edition contains the original text and the newer poems (Cora Fry's Pillow Book). I gave away my original copy and bought this new edition because there's some poetry that is wanting to be written about a woman in an old photograph that I bought at a flea market.
Jun 12, 2011 Skye rated it 5 of 5 stars
This book is amazing!! I love it so much. You fall in love with Cora Fry and the poems stick with you years later. It would be a great book to teach because it blends the genres of poetry and fiction, and is short enough that high school students wouldn't be too intimidated. A lovely little book!