The Girl with Bees in Her Hair by Eleanor Rand Wilner
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Eleanor Wilner’s sixth collection creates a mythology that sees a planet too small and a universe too immense to support humanity’s illusions of importance. Her poems become a “choral work of the imagination” in which science is re-envisioned, gender assumptions challenged and beliefs rigorously questioned. As the old gods are reabsorbed into the modern world, Wilner discovers new insights into culture and the human psyche.

“I have always treasured Wilner’s poetry for its visionary amplitude and revolutionary intelligence.”—Alicia Ostriker

Eleanor Rand Wilner is the author of six books of poetry and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives in Philadelphia, teaches at Warren Wilson College, and is a lifelong activist for civil rights and peace.

 

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Eleanor Rand Wilner is the author of six books of poetry and a critical book on visionary imagination. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her poems are widely anthologized and awards include a grant from the MacArthur Fellowship and the Juniper Prize. She currently teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College and is Writer-in-Residence at Smith College. She is a lifelong activist for civil rights and peace.
 
Published May 1, 2004 by Copper Canyon Press. 110 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Drawing heavily upon myth and ancient texts, Wilner finds the contemporary world has let the old gods down, and vice versa: "We drop Cassandra's mantle in the dust.

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What we don't know from reading a book of Eleanor Wilner's poems is where or when she was born, if she has ever had a father or a fur coat, an orgasm or a God.

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