Saturday, August 24, 2013

Meet Poet At Your Table Jeannine Hall Gailey

Poet  At Your Table Jeannine Hall Gailey

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Jeannine Hall Gailey easily parallels the myths and stories we’ve read and memorized as children with the current modern lives we lead. Though lest you think all of the poem narrators are female, there are male narrators, including one knight who did not get the fairytale ending he was expecting. In this way, Gailey is calling into question the fantasies that men are fed as children as well; must they be rescuers and be the strongest and bravest to get the girl? A phenomenal collection from beginning to end — one that has a permanent place in my library, right next to her others.

From Savvy Verse and Wit Review

Fever Dream in January

I press my face to the glass to feel the cold
its ice-flowers bloom against scarlet cheek
and neck and palm. I thought I found you
but it turned out you were beyond me,
beyond help, beyond anyone now.
I never thought I’d turn domestic.
I remember you baking, the coconut
and confectioner’s sugar like snow
on your skin. I melted.
Give me an apple, give me a rose, give me fever
then cold then                         dim the sun then          ice then my -
I told you I’d forgotten
but the last shard of glass insists itself.

                    from Unexplained Fevers


  1. Good Day Susan!

    Sorry to bother you. My name is Ray Blakney and I am a RPCV from Mexico. I am working on a 3rd goal project with the PC regional offices and the main office in DC to try to create an online archive to keep the language training material made all over the world from getting lost. I have created a sub-section on my website with all the information I have been able to get to date (from over the web and sent to me directly by PC staff and PCV's). I currently have close to 100 languages with ebooks, audios and even some videos.

    The next step for this project is that I am trying to get the world out about this resource so that it can not only be used by PCV's or those accepted into the Peace Corps, but also so that when people run across material that is not on the site they can send it to me and I can get it up for everybody to use. I was hoping that you could help getting the word out by putting a link on this on your site at:

    so that people know it is there. There should be something there for almost everybody. It is all 100% free to use and share. Here is the page:

    Thanks for any help you can provide in making this 3rd goal project a success. And if anybody in your group has some old material they can scan or already have in digital form, and want to add to the archive, please don't hesitate to pass them my email. Thanks and have a great day.

    Ray Blakney

  2. i Love your post ;) keep posting more ;)