Barren the Fury

By Brenda Leifso
Edited by Beth Follett

Barren the Fury
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What would happen if, instead of entering a world in which they are never really considered human, girls made a choice to abandon us? A response to the hopelessness of being female, *Barren the Fury* turns salvation myths into destruction narratives, hopelessness into rage, ... Read more


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What would happen if, instead of entering a world in which they are never really considered human, girls made a choice to abandon us? A response to the hopelessness of being female, *Barren the Fury* turns salvation myths into destruction narratives, hopelessness into rage, acquiescence into violence. Structured much like a novel, the book follows a mother whose daughter makes this choice as she moves from seeking answers to seeking vengeance and as she bears society's and the earth's flooding, a flooding that no government can stop, despite brutal efforts. Beneath this chaos sing the offerings of the unborn, the answers to "why." Influenced by Margaret Atwood's *The Handmaid's Tale,* Marilyn Bowering's searing *Autobiography* and P.K. Page's *Planet Earth,* *Barren the Fury* ranges over topics like environmental destruction, child labour and menstruation suppression. Ultimately, the poems question our responses to underlying power structures - do we close the curtains and latch the door?

Brenda Leifso

Wild Madder is Brenda Leifso's third book of poetry, following Barren the Fury (Pedlar Press, 2015) and Daughters of Men (Brick Books, 2008), which was shortlisted for an Ottawa Book Award. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies across Canada, has won the Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award, and has been short- and long-listed for the CBC Literary prize. She is a freelance editor and occasional academic instructor, and also runs her own yoga business. She lives, gratefully, near the shores of Lake Ontario in Kingston, Ontario.

Beth Follett

Beth Follett lives in St. John's NL and is the publisher of Pedlar Press. Her first novel, Tell It Slant, was published in 2001 by Coach House.

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