Winner of the 2015 Moon City Poetry Award.
Gailey allies herself with the mutants of the world—from zombie stripper clones to teen girl vampires—but unlike them, she is haunted by the possibility of the world and the self coming to an end.
In Field Guide to the End of the World, Jeannine Hall Gailey allies herself with the mutants of the world—from zombie stripper clones to teen girl vampires—but unlike them, she is haunted by the possibility of the world and the self coming to an end. Wry, heartsick and shot through with black humor (“Martha Stewart’s Guide to Apocalypse Living” dispenses advice on “storing munitions in attractive wicker boxes”), these poems about transformation and extinction mournfully remind us via post-apocalypse postcards, notes and instructions, ‘we were not here first, we will not be here last.”
—Matthea Harvey, author of Modern Life
Dazzling in its descriptions of a natural world imperiled by the hidden dangers of our nuclear past, this book presents a girl in search of the secrets of survival. ($15.95)
The Robot Scientist’s Daughter gives us a magnificent voice who is at turns “happy with the apple blossoms,” and yet whip-smart enough to know “the beauties of voltmeter and oscilloscope.” But underneath the beautifully measured sheen and spark of these bright stanzas, is a human who opens up thrilling new worlds by also fearlessly inhabiting poems of sorrow, survival, and identity—one whose “tongue is alive with lasers and [whose] song attracts thousands.”
—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Lucky Fish
Unexplained Fevers, Jeannine Hall Gailey delivers an alternate fairy-tale world where Rapunzel escapes her tower, Snow White breaks out of the glass coffin, and contemporary women escape traps of illness, body image, and expectations. ($15)
Unexplained Fevers plucks the familiar fairy tale heroines and drops them into alternate landscapes. Unlocking them from the old stories is a way to ‘rescue the other half of [their] souls.’ And so Sleeping Beauty arrives at the emergency room, Red Riding Hood reaches the car dealership, and Rapunzel goes wandering in the desert—their journeys, re-imagined in this inventive collection of poems, produce other dangers, betrayals and nightmares, but also bring forth great surprise and wonder.”
—Rigoberto González, author of Black Blossoms
In She Returns to the Floating World, Gailey’s abiding interest in female heroes and tales of transformation, love, and loss bristles to life with a cast of characters including wives who become foxes, sisters who become birds, and robots with souls. ($12)
I deeply admire the skill with which Jeannine Hall Gailey weaves myth and folklore into poems illuminating the realities of modern life. Gailey is, quite simply, one of my favorite American poets; and She Returns to the Floating World is her best collection yet.”
—Terri Windling, writer, editor, and artist (editor, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series; collections including The Armless Maiden, as well as The Endicott Studio)
Published by Steel Toe Books in 2006, poems from the book have been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily. Read reviews here. ($12)
Gailey writes with a voice full of wit and charm that keeps the reader somewhat off balance. She serves a dish of fairy tales and myths, part vixen and part Carol Burnett. Hers is an edginess that makes new those tales with which we are familiar. An excellent read that will leave you wanting more.”
—Colleen J. McElroy, award-winning poet and former editor of The Seattle Review
Female Comic Book Superheroes – SOLD OUTThis short collection of lyrical and often humorous poems, Jeannine Hall Gailey’s first, marries pop culture icons with classical mythology and fairy tale lore to portray the conflicts and ambiguities of contemporary women.
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