The Royal Baker's Daughter: Royal Baker's Daughter

Paperback | February 19, 2008

byBarbara Goldberg

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Winner of the 2008 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by David St. John
 
These poems, at once elegant and earthy, reveal the inner workings of the human psyche and show us that sometimes the best defense against terror is making mischief. The Royal Baker’s Daughter was raised on a diet of stone soup and the occasional leftover royal treat. This leaves her with an appetite for authenticity. With nothing but her two deft hands to guide her, she embarks on a journey into the dark forest, “where sticks and stones and absolutes reign and nothing, even sin, is original.”
 
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Winner of the 2008 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by David St. John These poems, at once elegant and earthy, reveal the inner workings of the human psyche and show us that sometimes the best defense against terror is making mischief. The Royal Baker’s Daughter was raised on a diet of stone soup and the occasional leftover royal...

Barbara Goldberg is the author of Berta Broadfoot and Pepin the Short: A Merovingian Romance; Cautionary Tales (winner of the Camden Poetry Award); and Marvelous Pursuits (winner of the Violet Reed Haas Award). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, and The Gettysburg Review. She is the coeditor of two anthologies of cont...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299227243

ISBN - 13:9780299227241

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“Fated to be fickle in food as in love. Notone flavor that she craves but a lick of this,of that. Sauerkraut and caraway, pickledbeets, mutton, and leeks. This does not eventouch upon the subject of sweets, for hernonnegotiable, as for others, faith. She takesher lumps of sugar straight. Or with crushedpoppy seed to make a paste. Dusted overdumplings, powdered over cake. Never havingswilled mother’s milk, nutmeg in her coffee, black.” —excerpt from “Fortune’s Darling” copyright  The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

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The Royal Baker’s Daughter is a remarkable book of poems. It explores, in familial, historical, and global contexts, the idea of boundaries and conflict, connection and redemption. These poems in a way remind us that all human relationships are negotiations—and that the integrity with which we navigate through them is often the only thing anchoring us to a comprehensible place.” —Laura Orem, The Montserrat Review