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After the Witch Hunt (Write Bloody Books) Paperback – April 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
"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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had the pleasure of seeing Megan perform some of her poems at a poetry slam recently and I immediately purchased her book after the reading. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Courtney LeBlanc
After the Witch Hunt is an incredibly accomplished work and considering how young Megan is, it stands as a testament to just how far she can go as a writer and as a performer. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by N. J. Lang
This book is the most beautiful book of poetry I've ever read. Her words braid perfectly together to create a piece that make you step back before you can see its full beauty. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Amanda
I waited to purchase my copy of this book straight from the hands of the author herself. I am so glad that I did. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by SaraEve
Reading these poems is like having a conversation with the poet herself as she plays the role of the wise older sister you never had. Read morePublished on September 10, 2012 by Elena
Megan Falley's "After the Witch Hunt" was, by far, the best collection of contemporary poetry I have read so far. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Abby
Falley has captured what it is to be a 23-year-old woman with the kind of wisdom that most only find in retrospect. Her irony is perfect.Published on September 4, 2012 by Kayla