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"['The Consultant' is] the best science poem you'll read this month. Poet Jessy Randall has a history of filling us with happiness by writing dreamy, occasionally silly, poems that touch on science and science fictional topics...." - Annalee Newitz, io9 (io9.com/jessy-randall/)

“Were I a doctor, I’d prescribe Jessy Randall. Specifically, a poem-a-day, although I know the poem will not stay put in its prescription. It’ll gurgle, thinking about growing fur. It’ll unvelcro itself, step out of itself and morph into many brilliances, into many heavens in grains of sand. No, it’ll morph into a thousand, glowing (hugely-glowing) melon spoons. Thank you Jessy Randall.”
—Kate Northrop



“Jessy Randall’s poems might be described as sassy—they’re bold & confident & they always seem to get the last word, casually dropping a bomb on the carefully orchestrated scene. In short, they’re smart; they know exactly when to hold back & when to release, when to demure & when to devastate.”
—Nate Pritts



“[Randall’s] poems are beyond predicting—some touching, some hilarious—full of fresh insights and some nice wildnesses.”
—X.J. Kennedy



Randall’s poems waste no words: they are often short but pack a powerful punch. Her language is clean and precise, which allows her to sneak-attack the reader with profound images. Randall’s poems have been appearing in various literary journals for some time, and this collection solidifies her reputation as a talent to watch.
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About the Author

Jessy Randall’s collection of poems A Day in Boyland was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her other books include a young adult novel, The Wandora Unit, about poetry nerds in high school, and a collection of collaborative poems, Interruptions, written with Daniel M. Shapiro. Randall’s poems have been hung from trees, made into rock songs by garage bands, used in library advertisements, and sold in gumball machines. Her writing has appeared in Asimov’s, Flurb, Many Mountains Moving, McSweeney’s, Mudfish, Opium, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, Sentence, West Wind, and Brain, Child. Randall writes regularly for Verbatim: The Language Quarterly about topics such as language in the Harry Potter series, rhyming reduplicative compounds, and the slang of Battlestar Galactica.
 
She spent her childhood in and around Rochester, New York and now lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597092304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597092302
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,477,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessy Randall's collection "Injecting Dreams Into Cows" features an eclectic mix of her short, sweet, and sassy poetry. While I ultimately recommend a purchase, this is not a collection I will return to as a whole.

Favoring the rhythms and rhymes of the nursery coupled with postmodern, `bohemian' imagery of adulthood in the technological age, Randall's poems are likable and sharable at first glance. Like sneaking out of a young child's birthday party when it starts to get boring, these poems are short and sassy; they cut like a knife, but a gummy one; they're casual, but with a metallic aftertaste; they're light verse, but have significant bite. We read about robots lost in mazes, lust expressed through velcro, muppets in an existential crises, and scientists injecting dreams into cows--Randall's palette of subjects is quick, colorful chrome.

Although Randall's topics intrigue, what about the actual poetic devices? About midway through the collection, the feeling creeps in that too many of these poems have actually left me in the dark as to what they mean or what I was supposed to feel. They cut quick, but perhaps a little too quick, leaving the reader in a state of experience instead of understanding. I wished the poems would take themselves just a bit more seriously at times--and when they did (as in her poems about motherhood and child-rearing), it might have been too late.

More centrally, Randall gets three stars instead of four for a *collection* that fails to enchant. While perhaps I should've let the wonderful opening poem, "Metaphor," guide me in reading the rest ("...This poem is like a pillow.
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Randall has a lot to say about automaticity and parenthood. Though sometimes her poetry doesn't look or feel like a poem, many of these poems call you back for another look, and grant you a peek past the seeming sarcasm into the genuine heart of the matter.
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Jessy Randall is one of my favorite living poets and this collection does not disappoint! Funny, approachable poems that occasionally sneak up on you with some heartbreak or wonder. The Muppets sequence is just brilliant.
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"Injecting Dreams Into Cows" is like one of those gumball-style prize vending machines (a really good one). Turning the pages is like turning the crank on the machine. The poems come in small containers, and when you read them, you're rewarded with a prize that lets you see the world in ways you hadn't thought of before. In the best of them, you never what's coming, but it's always something rewarding. (Full disclosure: I am related to the author, but I stand by this review.)
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I put this book on my nightstand, thinking, "Oh, how nice, I'll read one poem a night as a little bedtime ritual". I finished it the first night. Then I read it again the second night. One poem will leave you wanting another, time and time again.

Now I can read one or two at a time as a treat.

Jessy Randall's poems are silly yet serious, are totally accessible to anyone living in the 21st century, and are grounded in reality but fly off into fantasy.
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