I found the little volume disappointing because of the lack of balance and the persistent negativity. Perhaps I would have appreciated some of the darker poems if there had been a better balance. Had they been mixed in with poems that were beautiful because of the language, that were whimsical, or that were humorous, reading the darker poems would not have become so onerous. Might even have been more appreciated.
As it was, the poems began to sound affected, pretentious, kind of pompously psychological. There were maybe 3 or 4 of the 50+ poems, that caught my imagination.
Several good quotes were placed before the first poem. I really like the following quote.
Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. -- G.K. Chesterton, as quoted in Coraline by Neil Gaiman.The poems in the anthology, however, do not, for the most part, carry the same message.
Here is one of the few poems that I liked:
Snow White's Dream
the light passing through the glass
seemed distorted slightly skewed
she feigned sleep eyes pinched
in prayer flushed lips
relishing the single bite
in her bright box
she wished to be remembered
not for her beauty
nor her sweet manner
but for how she mastered
her own escape
And another that is dark, but thought provoking:
Hansel and Gretel
When mother read me
Hansel and Gretel I could not believe
even a witch would bake a child.
Even as we read
thousands of children
were tossed into ovens,
small shoes, shirts,
stripped away, piled up
and the last toy
to which small hands clung for comfort
pried from reluctant
Poetry/Fairy Tales. 2013. 85 pages.