PRAISE/INTERVIEWS

The poems in this collection are incantatory—their rhythms and themes lull readers into an alternate world where spells and potions ensnare the senses (Harry Potter reference!). But these are not the types of spells likely to be found at Hogwarts. True to original fairy tales, these fables often feature dark undersides—more than once, a poem in this collection mentions poisons, often as the consequence for not respecting a woman’s power. The characters in these poems inhabit a world similar to our own, but with the rules of fairy tales a la the Grimm’s Brothers, resulting in a concoction that lures you in as it warns you of the poison lacing your glass.
LeBlanc asserts the power of the feminine in fairy tales through violent reclamation. She amalgamates the archetypal meek princess and violent witch figures into one, and hands the power back to the women being wronged. And though these female characters do violence, we as readers do not hate them. Their violence is justice.

Amy LeBlanc, poet, writer, and editor talks monstrosity, fairy tales, and poetry with Invisiblog guest editor, Shazia Hafiz Ramji.
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Jim Johnstone’s blurb of I know something you don’t know
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