Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes” as Want to Read:
Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.06  · 
Rating details
 ·  33 ratings  ·  6 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes
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.
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.
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
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:

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
rated it it was amazing
Dec 22, 2017
rated it liked it
Feb 05, 2018
rated it really liked it
Apr 13, 2017
Geoffrey Morrison
rated it it was amazing
Jan 06, 2020
rated it it was ok
Jun 30, 2017
rated it liked it
Oct 02, 2017
rated it really liked it
Dec 27, 2017
Matt Robinson
rated it really liked it
Mar 26, 2017
James Hawes
rated it really liked it
Dec 09, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Jun 26, 2017
Jonathan Ball
rated it it was amazing
Sep 13, 2017
rated it liked it
Apr 07, 2020
Marilyn Stanley
rated it it was amazing
Jun 05, 2017
Kathryn Mockler
rated it it was amazing
May 29, 2017
Robert Pearson
rated it really liked it
May 05, 2018
rated it liked it
May 08, 2017
Erin Emily
rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2018
rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Jul 07, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Nov 24, 2020
Peter Gorman
rated it liked it
Aug 02, 2017
rated it really liked it
Apr 11, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Mar 27, 2017
Paul Vermeersch
rated it it was amazing
Oct 15, 2018
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • No Language Is Neutral
  • Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent
  • American Primitive
  • River of Teeth (River of Teeth, #1)
  • Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories
  • In a Lonely Place
  • Heft
  • day/break
  • Vanishing Monuments
  • The Black God's Drums
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
  • Other Side of the Game
  • Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen
  • Dream Country (The Sandman, #3)
  • The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • The Strange Bird: A Borne Story
See similar books…
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

Related Articles

This June, as we observe LGBTQ Pride—the annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning communities—we...
197 likes · 73 comments