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Description - She Let Herself Go by George Ella Lyon

From George Ella Lyon comes a dynamic and humorous collection examining the transformations of one woman's life as she tries on, takes on, and peels off identities learned from family stories, gender, fairy tales, and myths. She Let Herself Go spirals through girlhood, wifehood, motherhood, and writerhood, through the poet's evolution, casting a discerning -- and often irreverent -- eye on the cultural expectations that have shaped her. Claiming Virginia Woolf as word-mother, these poems converse with powerful feminist poets, including Muriel Rukeyser, Ruth Stone, and Grace Paley.

Beginning with the physical ""change of life,"" where the poet is ""Strung / on muscle / of myth and miracle / a uterine knot / of work and words"" Lyon reveals the interiors of previous selves like the opening of a nesting doll. Although the collection upholds a unifying theme, Lyon's work resists homogeneity. As with the many personas the poet assumes and casts aside, the poems take on wildly divergent shapes that must be recognized before the parts can be united in a new way.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807142769
ISBN-10: 080714276X
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 154mm x 8mm)
Pages: 104
Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2012
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - George Ella Lyon

George Ella Lyon's poetry collections include Catalpa, winner of the Appalachian Book of the Year, Mountain, winner of the Lamont Hall Award, and most recently, Back. She is also the author of numerous award-winning books for children. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and the Hambidge Center for the Arts, as well as grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

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