She Returns to the Floating World

She Returns to the Floating World Review

SHE RETURNS TO THE FLOATING WORLD is a book about transformation that examines two recurring motifs in Japanese folk tales and popular culture: "the woman who disappears" and the "older sister/savior." Many of the poems are persona poems spoken by characters from anim and manga, mythology, and fairy tales, like the story of the kitsune, or fox-woman, whose relationships are followed throughout the book. 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. "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 ("The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" series, "The Armless Maiden," "The Endicott Studio")

Title:She Returns to the Floating World
Edition Language:English

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  • Sandy Longhorn

    This is a lengthy collection, clocking in at 129 pages. It is full of haibun with a few haiku, along with narrative poems and lyric musings. There are five sections, and each section begins with an ep...

  • Kelli

    I have been a fan of Jeannine Hall Gailey's work since chapbook, Female Comic Book Superheroes and her first collection, Becoming the Villainess as Jeannine writes about subjects other poets are not e...

  • Lori

    review to come...

  • Julie

    With her collection She Returns to the Floating World, Jeannine Hall Gailey has created a masterpiece. I do not say this lightly. Gailey’s second book is alive with Japanese fairy tales, references ...

  • Sarah

    An outstanding collection of poems, filled with characters from Japanese folk tales, anime, and pop culture. Family and love relationships entwine with Japanese images and stories, giving the poems de...

  • Juliana Gray

    While Gailey's first book, Becoming the Villainess, was more in line with my own pop culture interests (comic books, heroines of video games, vampire slayers), I still enjoyed these poems centered aro...

  • Celia

    One of my favorite books of poetry this year! Read my full review in the new issue of Southern Humanities Review, and an interview with Jeannine Hall Gailey at my blog, Writing with Celia....

  • Sandra

    Fantastic use of folk lore to comment on the way we are with each other and with our environment with much compassion and tact. ...

  • Schnaucl

    I didn't like this collection nearly as much as Becoming the Villainess. I liked individual poems, and the imagery of broken DNA/programming was interesting. But as a collection it felt far too repata...

  • Jeannine

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