Rabbits and Butterflies

41dsvjblk2l_sl500_aa240_It is no surprise after reading Arielle Greenberg’s “Given” that this is the book that put her on the map. She incorporates surrealist imagery, feminist idolatry, and a rejection of narrative voice that makes this book one that demands to be re-read and re-read again and again, (though re-reading might not give you any better of an idea of the “meaning” of most of the poems, if this is what you are looking for. If you are looking for a poet who spells it out for you, gives you some interestingly crafted lines that are clear and leave you with a sense of closure – pick up Chelsea Rathburn. If you are looking for a collection of poetry where you can close your eyes, plug your nose, and jump head first into a twisted rabbit hole of free verse without expecting to ever emerge – pick up “Given.”


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