Tuesday Review: Marjorie Maddox’s Wives’ Tales

In an effort to keep me on track with some promises and with my desire to read and review more poetry, here’s a new feature for you, Tuesday Reviews. There will be at least two kinds—the first we’ll call traditional reviews, hopefully with links to full reviews published elsewhere. The second sort will be the ones that I should have written ages ago. We’ll call them “Overdue Reviews” (playing a bit off that librarian thing I do).

This first one may be a bit overdue, but it’s still timely enough that you can still order the book for yourself. It was almost a year ago when I announced that my review of Marjorie Maddox’s book, True, False, None of the Above was published in Whale Road Review. And now I am pleased to report that my review of her poetry chapbook Wives’ Tales has been published over at Windhover!

Here is a teaser, followed by my reading of one of the pieces from this delicious collection:

Imagine the Brothers Grimm had a modern sister. Think of Sondheim’s lyrics from Into the Woods expanded to include the stories of Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat, along with Peter Rabbit‘s wife. If you can envision all of this, you’ll be just at the beginning of preparing yourself for the darkness and humor of Marjorie Maddox’s chapbook, Wives’ Tales.

Follow the above links to read both reviews and purchase Marjorie’s books! Click here to learn more about the poet, and visit her website to see all of her publications.

Finally, follow this link for the text of the poem, “Crying Wolf” from Marjorie Maddox’s Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017).

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