Reviews, Vol. 3.4, Dec. 2009
Cover artwork by Cynthia Reeser
Tiger’s Eye Press, 2009
Staple-bound, 32 pp.
A blurb review by Cynthia Reeser
Laura LeHew, of Uttered Chaos Press, publishes her first chapbook, Beauty, with Tiger’s Eye Press. Beauty is a collection of fractured fairy tales in poetic form. Including haibuns, prose poems, and variable form poetry, the volume includes work titled, “The Boy Who Cried Fire,” “The Tortoise and the Hare Redux,” “Blondie and the 3 Baristas,” and others. As can be expected, each piece contains a seed of a familiar fairy tale, but the original premises are turned on their heads, expanded upon, and modernized. An example from “The Tortoise and the Hare Redux”:
Lumbering down the street—
in a race to see the OSF’s rendition of Marlowe’s Faustus
I daintily tender my arm from my shell
careful to knock my sister off her feet
“so much for your being pleasantly
ponderous” she yells “loser”
Two stand-out pieces are the title poem and “Drawing Down the Moon,” a poem written after W.S. Merwin, where the latter work makes interesting use of form.
LeHew is an award-winning poet whose work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.