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Megan Falley is one of a mere handful of poets to be published both on Penmanship Books and Write Bloody Press. After representing SUNY New Paltz for four years on the college slam team, Megan later earned her degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and returned to New Paltz to coach the team. In 2009 she helped found the second largest collegiate spoken word tournament in the country, The Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational. In 2010 she represented New York City on a competing team at the National Poetry Slam and her work began appearing in several literary magazines and anthologies including The Nervous Breakdown, PANK, Muzzle, Kill Author, The Legendary, Danse Macabre, and The Literary Bohemian. When she is not writing poems, Megan occupies herself by turning her ex-lovers into pies.
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  • Series: Write Bloody Books
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935904620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935904625
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. O. Aptowicz on April 26, 2012
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When a reporter tried to compliment legendary feminist Gloria Steinem on her 40th birthday by telling her, "Oh, you don't look 40!" Steinem replied simply, "This is what forty looks like. We've been lying for so long, who would know?"

I am reminded of this quote when reading "After the Witch Hunt," the debut book of poetry by 23-year-old poet Megan Falley. Falley is so grounded and clear-eyed in her perspectives, so attentive and nuanced in her details, and so sharp and telling her understanding of the world she exists in, that the instinct is to say that she is a poet wise beyond her years. But if there is something that Falley wishes us to know, perhaps it is that -- to paraphrase Gloria Steinem -- this is what 23 looks like, and that we've been lying for so long, who would know?

Falley navigates sometimes beautiful, but often harshly cruel world that meets young women the moment they booted from childhood, when "breasts arrived / as a kind of currency." Falley exposes the confusing messages women receive from the media -- in poems like "To the Women Competing on E! Entertainment's Hit Reality Television Show, 'Bridalplasty'" and "Penelope Pussycat Finally Speaks" a persona piece written from the perspective of the black cat relentless pursued by the cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew, who "pretended [her] refusal was foreplay." -- as well as their own family and friends -- such as the mother who excuses a bullying boy's behavior, telling the narrator "It probably means he likes you."

Another rich theme that runs through the book is the risks -- both beautiful and grim -- that you face when allow yourself to fall in love. While Falley celebrates love in her work, she also speaks candidly about the dangers she found herself in when she fell into an abusive relationship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karly on May 8, 2012
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This collection of poetry is truly a staple to every woman's bookshelf. A love poem to every woman who has ever been hurt, the writing done by Megan Falley is chillingly original and empowering. She truly gives voice to all those who ever felt powerless and by the end of it all teaches us strength and how to find beauty in an unrelenting past. She is a true vision and a great example to how to personal is political. Un-apologetically honest and truly brilliant. Poems you could read over and over and never grow tired of the carefully chosen words that can truly send chills down your spine. Her writing has a life of it's own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steph on July 2, 2012
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For the better part of my life, I have found myself enamored by the art of poetry - over-turning every corner of second-hand book stores and amazon reviews for the next collection to read front to back and to add to my extensive collection. By chance, I came across the work of Megan Falley and was beyond impressed (and these days, that's a hard feat to accomplish). Once receiving the book, I read it in its entirety in one sitting... then I read it again... and again... and again... I read it until the words became tangible enough to hold in my mouth, and I savored the taste. Still, this is a collection unable to fully satisfy; its command of language so beautiful that one would never be able to get enough. I am happy to say that I am still re-reading and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.

"After the Witch Hunt" guides its readers through a dance of vulnerable honesty, pulling one into a truthful account of life in all of its beauty and all of its downfalls. Falley, however, does not leave one without hope and powerful faith of something bigger. Falley has created a masterpiece in the form of a debut by Write Bloody Publishing, and I look forward to future wonderful works from this talented poet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace Molloy on July 12, 2012
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After the Witch Hunt is the kind of book that a poet will read and say to himself or herself "Damn, why didn't I write that?" It is witty and empowering. It moves the reader with momentum with lines like, "I am melting my brass knuckles down to tiny trumpets. I am singing this forgiveness song over and over, until I believe it." And it had me at hello. As a poet, the first poem, "If You Really Love a Writer," had me laughing out loud at its truths. Falley writes, "If you really love a writer...Say I Love You, then call her the wrong name."

Falley has also managed to write an incredible collection of feminist poems in After the Witch Hunt. In "The Worst Thing I Ever Taught My Girl," Falley challenges the way parents will tell their girls that boys probably like them and are trying to get their attention when they are mean to them. This brief, 8 line poem, had me considering the connections between childhood lessons like this and the idea that teenage girls like to go for the "bad boys." And in "To the Women Competing on E! Entertainment's Hit Reality Television Show, 'Bridalplasty':," Falley takes up arms with the issues created by female body ideals, telling these women that "Whoever loved you, loved YOU." After the Witch Hunt is a must read for any writer or woman, or anyone who has ever loved a woman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Gavin on May 7, 2012
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Reading this book was a journey for me. Hell, even getting this book was a journey for me. I was fortunate enough to discover Megan Falley in a poetry slam at SUNY New Paltz several years ago. When I heard about this book, I was delighted. I preordered it immediately, and waited anxiously, getting nervous each time Amazon sent me an e-mail saying they were trying to track down my (yet unreleased) order, and did I still want them to ship it? Yes! Of course I wanted them to ship it! Finally the book arrived. Everything perfect- from the cover, to the praise, to the dedication, and most importantly (or is it?) to the poetry itself. Megan Falley is the sort of writer who can pull you in, there are twists and turns, and you're wondering both where you will wind up and where you HAVE wound up. With this book you don't go through the motions- you go through the emotions. I must admit, however, that the real power in some of these poems is hearing them in the writers own voice. I highly encourage you to check this woman out either before or after reading the book for a heightened experience.
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