Rypma will read from her fairytale poems
Sept. 28, 2007
KALAMAZOO--Judith Rypma, a member of the English faculty at Western Michigan University, will read from her latest book of poems, "Rapunzel's Hair," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Portage (Mich.) District Library. The reading is open to the public free of charge.
The collection, featuring fairytale characters from Goldilocks
and Cinderella to the Little Mermaid and Baba Yaga, often adds
new twists that turn traditional tales upside down. Hansel, Gretel
and Snow White may become villains, for example, while evil stepmothers
and witches appear as victims. Rypma's poems, a combination of
narrative and lyric rich with metaphor and imagery, sometimes
venture into the forbidden, the lusty, and the sexual, which,
she admits, "means that they have returned to their origins--namely
to entertain adults."
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