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Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems epub ebook

by Ava Leavell Haymon

Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems epub ebook

Author: Ava Leavell Haymon
Category: Poetry
Language: English
Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
Pages: 72 pages
ISBN: 0807135860
ISBN13: 978-0807135860
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 633
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Poet Ava Leavell Haymon's collection, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread, was recommended by a friend, and I have to say that for the most part, Haymon's work, which is new to me, was quite enjoyable.

Poet Ava Leavell Haymon's collection, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread, was recommended by a friend, and I have to say that for the most part, Haymon's work, which is new to me, was quite enjoyable. The premise of this collection is that an ordinary contemporary woman finds herself drowning in both life and Hansel and Gretel. Throughout the collection, parallels are drawn between the persona's own life and the fairy tale.

In Ava Leavell Haymon's third collection, an unremarkable, harried . Addressing themes such as hunger, child abuse, betrayal, cannibalism, and murder in a tone by turns disturbing and humorous, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread is most certainly not a book for children.

In Ava Leavell Haymon's third collection, an unremarkable, harried, contemporary woman named Gretel finds herself at midlife overtaken by the Grimms' household tale Hansel and Gretel. The violence and terror in that story supplant the memory of her own childhood. Ava Leavell Haymon is the author of the poetry collections Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire.

Haymon, who teaches poetry writing and directs a writer’s retreat in New Mexico, is the author of two previous collections, Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire

Haymon, who teaches poetry writing and directs a writer’s retreat in New Mexico, is the author of two previous collections, Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire. In Why the House is Made of Gingerbread, she has creatively translated a fairy tale into both a faithful and imaginative retelling and a modern story, its own fairy tale. Poetry at Work: The Work of a Poet Laureate. National Poetry Month: Ava Leavell Haymon. Nick Samaras’ Hands of the Saddlemaker. Ordinary Genius: Myths and Fairy Tales.

More so than for most writers, Coleman shows, Wideman’s life has affected his writing. Born in 1941, Wideman grew up in a Pittsburgh suburb where he attended an integrated high school, starred on the basketball team, and was senior class president and valedictorian. At the University of Pennsylvania he studied creative writing and became an all–Ivy League basketball player.

turns disturbing and humorous, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread is most certainly not a book for children.

Addressing themes such as hunger, child abuse, betrayal, cannibalism, and murder in a tone by turns disturbing and humorous, Why the House is Made of Gingerbread is most certainly not a book for children. Why the house is made of gingerbread.

find poems find poets poem-a-day library (texts, books & more) materials for teachers poetry near yo. every afternoon, sighing better and better smells. From Why the House is Made of Gingerbread by Ava Leavell Haymon.

find poems find poets poem-a-day library (texts, books & more) materials for teachers poetry near you. The Witch Has Told You a Story. You are here for me to eat. Fatten up, and I will like you better. Your brother will be first, you must wait your turn. Used by permission of Louisiana State University Press. Receive a new poem in your inbox daily.

reading at the Arts Club of Washington, . Eldest Daughter: Poems.

Ava Leavell Haymon is the 2013–2015 Poet Laureate of Louisiana. She is the author of four collections of poetry, including Eldest Daughter, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire, along with five chapbooks.

Additional Information. Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread: Poems. Published by: Louisiana State University Press.

Haymon’s poem is from a book called Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread. The Witch Has Told You a Story by Ava Leavell Haymon is reprinted by permission of Lousiana State University Press. Vigilance means waiting alertly. Unctuous means trying very hard to please someone in a way that is often irritating. In the poem by Ron Padgett I know exactly what he means. Yes, I live inside the piano by Katerina Rudcenkova, translated by Alexandra Büchler, is reprinted by permission of author and translator. Poem by Ron Padgett is reprinted by permission of Coffee House Press.

In Ava Leavell Haymon's third collection, an unremarkable, harried, contemporary woman named Gretel finds herself at midlife overtaken by the Grimms' household tale "Hansel and Gretel." The violence and terror in that story supplant the memory of her own childhood, and the fairy tale retells itself in a sharp succession of surprising poems. The witch, the sugar house, Gretel's brother, her passive father, his cruel second wife, the sinister forest -- all these and more rise like jazz motifs to play themselves in the present. Addressing themes such as hunger, child abuse, betrayal, cannibalism, and murder in a tone by turns disturbing and humorous, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread is most certainly not a book for children.

Reviews (2)
Ferri - My name
Poet Ava Levall Haymon has taken the story of Hansel and Gretel and turned it into an extraordinary series of poems that together form a retelling of the story, but one that remains true to the original. It is the story of Gretel, and contemporary housewife and mother, who finds herself absorbed into the fairy tale and living the story of the child Gretel.

Haymon weaves an amazing tale, and the traisition to the fairy tale starts gradually. From the poem "Autobiography:"

Gretel's attention disengages from her driving
and she is the young girl in the dark
beside Hansel's cage, legs aching from standing
since before dawn. Gretel squeezes
the wheel, shoulders tight, longing

to trade places with her brother,
for his ignorance of minding the fire,
hauling water with bruised fingers,
his freedom from the danger of failure - one slip
of the girl's memory in a recipe, one broken dish

and there's no story, just another couple of kids
who never came home. A ruckus breaks out
in the back seat, and Gretel shudders back
into the present, driving kids to school.
She presses the brake hard: That didn't happen!

But it did happen and it does happen, and soon she finds herself the original Gretel, captive with her brother by the witch, with their doom creeping ever closer. From "The Witch Has Told You a Story:"

You are food.
You are here for me
to eat. Fatten up,
and I will like you better.

Your brother will be first,
You must wait your turn.
Feed him yourself, you will
Learn to do it. You will take him

Eggs with yellow sauce, muffins
Torn apart and leaking butter, friend meats
Late in the morning, and always sweets
In a sticky parade from the kitchen...

Haymon guides her Gretel into a gradual identification with her captor, while her brother turns into something fattened up for dinner. But the story is told true to the original, and it's the witch who meets her doom, even if Gretel will carry some of that witch with her, and back into her real housewife life.

Haymon, who teaches poetry writing and directs a writer's retreat in New Mexico, is the author of two previous collections, "Kitchen Heat" and "The Strict Economy of Fire." In "Why the House is Made of Gingerbread," she has creatively translated a fairy tale into both a faithful and imaginative retelling and a modern story, its own fairy tale.

Chilele
I read several poetry collections for this year's National Poetry Month, and this has been my favorite. A fresh and haunting update to the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale that should ring true for many women. I was engrossed by the story and could not put this book down. Stark imagery rich with subtext. There's a lot to unpack here--in the best way.

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