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Dreadful Wind & Rain - A Lyric Narrative - cover

Dreadful Wind & Rain - A Lyric Narrative

Diane Gilliam

Publisher: Red Hen Press

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From the award-winning author of Kettle Bottom, a sequence of fairytale-inspired narrative poems concerning the life of a troubled girl.Once upon a time, there lived a girl whose story was not her own . . . So the story goes: Neglected and abused by her family, eclipsed by her elder and more beautiful sister, a young girl longs for happily-ever-after, for something, someone to rescue her. She is soon swept away into the next chapter of her life: marriage—a promising world mirroring Old Testament stories and fairy tale traditions. But loving just anyone and living the age-old “ever-after” narrative, as it turns out, fails to bring true happiness after all. Dragged down by a destructive marriage, her sister’s continued manipulations, and the growing weight of roles and expectations created by others at her back, she must choose between continuing in her familiar, complacent life, or boldly breaking free—and finally making her own way. Named for an Appalachian murder ballad in which a girl is drowned by her sister, this lyrical fairy tale unseats expectations for what it means to live a fairy tale life, revealing the powerful force that comes from stripping away the traditional roles and beginning to write a story all your own.Praise for Dreadful Wind & Rain “Ache and lift and veracity tambourine through these lines and stanzas. This . . . collection exults its power inside our ears and through our hearts in a rich, stinging, marvelous way . . . I believe that Diane Gilliam is incorruptible as a poet.” —Nikky Finney, poet, winner of the National Book Award for Head Off & Split

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