Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Poems by Janet Charman

Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Poems by Janet Charman

Rapunzel, Rapunzel: Poems by Janet Charman is a collection I haven't fully read, but the poems I have read are intriguing. This collection, obviously, pulls from Rapunzel for inspiration.

From the publisher:

As a feminist poet chronicling life in the suburbs in all its banal and joyous detail, Janet Charman has no equal. She writes with wit, irony and sometimes anger about being a mother, being a wife, being a daughter. But she also shows enormous compassion for ordinary people and their voices fill this book.

Rapunzel Rapunzel, focuses on separation. Separation felt as a natural process, or as a traumatic dislocation, depending on the circumstances; as catastrophic or as the means to a proper life. It looks at the ways we read the landmark events that befall us. And how we choose to reframe those events. This work was completed with the support of a 1997 literary fellowship funded by Creative New Zealand ( and the University of Auckland.

And now for two poems from the collection. These are copyrighted and should not be copied. They are offered here as book preview and promotion and I have displayed them as images instead of text to discourage copying and pasting. A few other poems are also available for reading on the publisher's website.

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