Owl was a baker's daughter : poems, The
In The Owl Was a Baker's Daughter, Gillian Cummings gives voice to her version of Ophelia, a young woman shattered by unbearable losses, and questions what makes a mind unwind till the outcome is deemed a suicide. Ophelia's story, spoken quietly, lyrically, in prose poems whose tone is unapologetically feminine, is bracketed in the first and third sections by short, whittled-down once-sonnets featuring other Ophelias, nameless "she" and "you" characters who address the question of madness and its aftermath. These women and girls want to know: what is God when the soul is at its nadir of suffering, ...
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