Paula Bonnell

tales retold

August 2017 review of tales retold


"a poetry collection touching on every emotion one can feel, often all in one poem" writes Simran P. Gupta in The Fictional Cafe's review of tales retold, and says of "Waking from a Nightmare" that "Bonnell seamlessly weaves together the terror of being stuck in a nightmare with reality, blurring the lines for the reader while creating vivid imagery for the crossover from the nightmare into reality."

In the course of giving her reaction to tales retold as a whole, she offers a close reading of "What the Sirens Sang" in which she backs up her conclusion that "Form and content are perfectly balanced" by an interesting discussion of the interplay of the two elements in the poem.


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The poems in tales retold give new takes on characters from stories you'll recognize.
Be they heroic or villainous, bit-part players or protagonists, female, male, or something of both, human or animal, bystander, witness, or perpetrator, the reader can look out the eyes of each of them and see how it looks from there.






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The cover design at the right is from a drawing by New England abstract artist Sarah Sutro. One of the readers of tales retold said of this image, "It invites the eye in."


Advance praise for tales retold:

"In this remarkable collection Bonnell enters sideways, as it were,
stories and histories that we thought we knew well. Lucid and lithe, her words tilt us into new regions of possibility. Her "Mama Bear" makes us privy to a new perspective on Goldilocks, and "The Ant's Love Song to the Grasshopper" turns the moralizing fable into an exquisite, poignant villanelle. These and others claim a space of silence from the reader in which their reverberations may unfold."

-- Peter Schwenger, author of At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature


"In tales retold, Paula Bonnell burrows inside familiar tales
from myth, legend, and popular culture,
reimagining them to reveal insights that often amuse and always surprise.
I admire Bonnell's subtlety . . . These are poems worth pondering."

 -- Elaine Ford, author of The American Wife: Stories


Readings?


If there is a poetry reading series at a library, bookstore, college or university near you
and you'd like to hear Paula Bonnell read from tales retold


OR work with actors or students or a theatre department
to present a program of dramatic monologues or soliloquys from tales retold,
please suggest it to the people there.
Any time from from July 2017 on would be include good dates for such readings. Please e-mail paulabonnell@​gmail.com to discuss details.


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Selected Works

chapbooks
In a handsome perfect-bound format, tales retold is poems giving new takes on stories from myth, fables, folk & fairy tales, even 20th-century news. Principal and minor characters offer their perspectives on what's happening.

"The life of the mind begins here."

-- Megan Marshall

author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life and The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism

"The intelligent child [Bonnell] conjures up has a mind as supple and lively as these ecstatic, wry poems."

-- Miriam Levine

author of The Dark Opens and Devotion, a memoir

"The words a story in poems on the title page of Paula Bonnell's Before the Alphabet made me rejoice for narrative in contemporary poetry. Like all stories, these poems reveal a deeper story beneath the surface. I value this work greatly."

-- Nick Samaras

author of Hands of the Saddlemaker and American Psalm, World Psalm

poetry books
The world as peaceable kingdom is interrupted by wars and rumors of wars.
Lyric and narrative poems, including "Eurydice," a re-telling of the myth
poetry collection manuscript
This as-yet unpublished collection was a finalist in the National Poetry Series. "Plain Speech" and "Scenic Postcard" -- both reachable through the Quick Links below -- are from Abracadabra.

Quick Links - to PB poems on the web & how to buy Before the Alphabet