Alice's Sister, Poems by Jessica Young
We have all imagined it--our daytime activities reappear, twisted, in our dreams at night.
What, then, drove Alice to dream of bodily distortions and dangerous adults?
What is happening in her
waking life to cause this darkness?
Reimagined using details from Carroll's original work, Jessica Young's
collection Alice's Sister focuses on Alice's older sister, Mary, and the trouble she
faces--the quiet, shadowy disturbances--that affects everyone around.
It seems the rabbit hole goes much farther down than we thought.
Employing ambitious writing techniques such as rotating narrators, Young
invites us in for the descent.
Sample Poems by Jessica Young
"In this haunted reimagining of a Victorian children's book, wonderland conceals a darker story.
writes with uncanny precision about the most occluded reaches of the heart.
first collection takes us so far beyond the looking glass, it's a reluctant surprise to return to the world upon putting it down.
We have here a young poet fully formed.
voice is sure when it needs to be, and full of fear and questioning when that's called for.
has invented an entrancing time and place, and peopled it.
But, although this collection has some of a fiction's best elements, this is song.
These poems call up for me all of my favorite poets, but Jessica Young
sounds like no one else I've ever read."--Laura Kasischke
has taken on a detective-poet's role in potent poems of haunting, delicate strength.
constructs a world so lush with characters and character--the red trillium flowers underfoot, the spruce piano keys--that we could be forgiven it we wished to simply linger, for a while, in the detail.
is the author of the award-winning chapbook Only as a Body.
has received two Hopwood Awards, a Zell Fellowship, various Ilona Karmel Prizes from MIT
, and numerous writing residencies.
She teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, MI.