Fairy Tale Review Archive
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The practice of retelling fairy tales in the form of literary fiction is, if not quite hallowed, certainly established. The great Angela Carter’s revelatory 1979 story collection, “The Bloody Chamber” — a brocaded work of heady sensuality, intelligence and violence — remains the benchmark, but Kate Bernheimer’s Fairy Tale Review and the several excellent Bernheimer-edited anthologies spun off from it carry the standard forward. Those are just some of the more overt homages; Western literature owes as much to fairy tales as it does to Greek myth and the Bible.
-The New York Times
What made me want him? That supple, brutal kingsnake of a boy, wine-lipped and longhaired.
You resemble an angel created in a landfill.
Father is the name for what guards the front door. The world outside is full of noise. A truck, a lawnmower, a dog, and then another.
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Our father is a woodcutter driven to drink, and when he drinks he likes to talk.
After the failed attempt to crawl up and out
the long neck of the well, I tried telling
forty seven tarnished pennies about you
Monstrum: a sign, a portent,
From the Latin, monere: to warm, from
the root men to think.
The twittering machine lies in its crib, rehabilitating its connections.
Now that night she said we had to go dancing, but first we had to put on dresses.
Queen is free as a mite
in the Lord’s mystical eyebrow,
growing ears for no reason.
Once, there was nowhere to go. Nowhere
to get to. My movement through the slash
pines and saw palms was pure physical
Sara herself did not know the people throwing the party, but she went to the house in the woods anyway.
We chant around the grill in our backyard every Friday the 13th to scare the neighbors who told the Homeowners’ Association our violet paint job was garish.
Out here the din of tin on tin hangs
just below an orphaned smudge of cumulus,
threatening fickle weather.
A farmer was wandering through his orchard at harvest time, when he saw an apple hanging from one of his lemon trees.