The Dream of Reason

Jenny George

This stunning debut from “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize winner Jenny George introduces an astonishing poetic talent—a new voice that is intensely focused, patient, and profoundly empathetic. The Dream of Reason explores the paradoxical relationships between humans and animals: those we observe, imagine, keep, fear, and consume. Titled after Goya’s grotesque bestiary, George’s own dreamscape is populated by bats who crawl like goblins, purring moths, and tender livestock—especially pigs, whose pink flesh and cruel slaughter inform a central series of portraits. The poems bring startling moments of realism into a spacious, lucid realm just outside of time: locating intimacy in violence, revelation in stillness, and beauty in language that lifts from the dark.

ISBN: 9781556595196

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Jenny George is the author of The Dream of Reason (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She is also a winner of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Narrative, Granta, The Iowa Review, FIELD, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Jenny lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she works in social …

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