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Poetry. BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN WITH PET FOXES by Giller Prize- longlisted author Jennifer LoveGrove bears witness to moments of extreme crisis that will take you on an odyssey through a terrain of startling dreamscapes. These are poems haunted by the ghosts of alienation, trauma, delusion, and fear that the past decade has instilled in us. Here you will encounter a whole host ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 15th 2017 by Book Thug
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Maggie Gordon
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadiana, poetry
It took me a while to appreciate Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes. I expected something whimsical. Look at that cover! What you get is a series of poems that are much darker than anticipated, and quite surreal. It's an odd, but ultimately satisfying journey. The title poem, in particular, is a tour de force, diving into issues of mental health and trauma. Definitely a lovely, but strange little book.
Amanda
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
this book manages to be humorous and whimsical amidst all the dark. i enjoyed the dark especially, and the otherworldiness of it.
Margaryta
A bit more fragmented for fragmentation's sake than I would've liked, though I quite liked the fact that "Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes" is so much darker than both its title and cover make it originally seem. The titular poem in particular really is worth focusing on, with its effective repetition and whimsical imagery that builds into something much more sinister. Though not exactly the kind of poetic style I gravitate towards, LoveGrove is clearly talented in her use of words and her evoc ...more
kell_xavi
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, ww
This was an odd read - a third of the poems are well-compiled, subtle, and build to something, but the rest fall flat. Many elements are overdone or not shaved off enough, either speaking in complex metaphors that don't equate to anything using pedestrian speech that is cliched, abstract, or doesn't emote what it intends to. Often, Lovegrove works with a careful, original scene, but adds to it, tries to do too much. It came across as amateur talent. The ones I was most able to appreciate were:

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Anna
Apr 20, 2020 added it
A real journey through the way language can be wielded and manipulated to create new and unforgettable turns of phrase. Not the poetry book I was expecting - I was looking more for something about the natural world, and this was the cataclysmic world. The book made me feel like I was standing in a dark and creaking family home in the town I grew up in but don't love.
Jessie B.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-lit, poetry
Compelling, dark and beautifully strange
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Jennifer LoveGrove’s newest book is the poetry collection Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, published in spring 2017. She's alao the author of the Giller Prize longlisted novel Watch How We Walk, as well as two other poetry collections: I Should Never Have Fired the Sentinel and The Dagger Between Her Teeth. Her poetry was shortlisted for the 2015 Lit POP Awards, and in 2010 she was nominated for ...more

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