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Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes
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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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.
Aug 03, 2017 Margaryta rated it liked it
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
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:
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.
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