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The Red Riding Hood Papers: Poems

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25 pages
Published 2010 by Finishing Line Press
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Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I only know so much about poetry, being more of a prose person myself, but I definitely know what I like- and I like this chapbook immensely. I found the overall concept deliciously interesting. Instead of re-imagining the old Red Riding Hood tales, Shanan Ballam takes this story that has become part of our consciousness and refocuses it as a lens to show us ourselves and our minds in an unfamiliar way. It's funny, people can't seem to recognize things that are right in front of them. However, B ...more
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Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous lyrical style remixes tradition brilliantly. Wish it was longer, but I adore what is there. Occasionally feels like there is missing context.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shanan Ballam was my poetry professor. She was amazing. She's so in love with words and sounds and images, you can really see that come out in her poems. This poetry book was so cool, I love every poem inside of it. I recommend it whole-heartedly. It's fantastic!

Do it! Read the book, because who knows what new world one might fall into? What interesting characters with interesting lives you might meet and fall in love with? You won't know if you like it unless you give it a try. You won't know i
Isaac Timm
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, poetry
A beautifully rendered chapbook, as great to read as it is to hear. I read some of the poems like "Red Riding Hood's Basket" six or seven times, a grand mix of imagery and pathos. But its real strength is not any single piece but how they fit together in a whole and I will read it many more times. ...more
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