There Was an Old Woman

by Jessy Randall

Poetry, 66 pages
4.375" x 5.75" softcover
Smyth-sewn binding
ISBN: 978-0-87775-941-6
Published 1 December 2015
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In this rollicking collection of prose poems, Jessy Randall brings new life to the women of Mother Goose’s fairy tales. With enthralling wit, There Was an Old Woman delights in unexpected portrayals of Mother Goose’s classic protagonists: old women from a variety of towns across the English landscape who live in shoes, who sell cows and sometimes their children. Randall’s new fairy tales inhabit a world simultaneously old and modern, inviting us to consider the parallels between the lives of Mother Goose’s women and the lives of women today.

Jessy Randall’s collection of poems A Day in Boyland was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. She is the Curator of Special Collections at Colorado College, where she teaches a class in the History and Future of the Book.
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