With Paper For Feet by Jennifer A McGowanWith Paper For Feet by Jennifer A McGowan

With Paper For Feet

byJennifer A McGowan

Paperback | February 23, 2017

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With Paper for Feet  is themed and narrative, drawing together Jennifer A. McGowan’s poetry of myth and folktale, and the frailties – human and otherwise – behind them. With Paper For Feet explores, mostly from a female perspective, the guts it takes to live or – often – die, un-heroically. her characters laugh, argue, complain, suffer, curse,

   "…Gold is heavy,

    and it chafes…"

aware that more is expected of them, but unwilling to play up.

Jennifer explores many voices including the women of Troy & many of Shakespeare’s characters, as well as poems based in other cultures including France, Africa & China.

Jennifer A. McGowan lives in Oxford. Despite being certified as disabled with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at age 16, she became a semi-professional mime and performed in five countries till the disability became too much. More recently she has worked as researcher, editor, and writer for a UK company in "devil's advocacy". She has taught ...
Title:With Paper For FeetFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:98 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.2 inShipping dimensions:7.81 × 5.06 × 0.2 inPublished:February 23, 2017Publisher:Arachne PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909208353

ISBN - 13:9781909208353


Table of Contents


White Woman Walks Across China With Paper For Feet
Talking Skull
Phantom Pains
Mara Speaks
Something About Love
Song of Krampus
Love Like Salt
The Hood
In Granny's House
Mr Fox
Bird Verdelio
Briar Roses
Cinderella's Mother
Maiden Without Hands
Horses of the Sea
A Sort of Love Story


Song of the Arms of a Man
Helen: Menelaus, etc.
Troy: Seven Voices

Troy: After the Horse
Tempus Fugue


Emilia Lady Macbeth in Palliative Care

Cordelia in Prison

Weird Sisters on the Make

Margaret of Anjou

Shakespeare's Joan

Paulina as Pygmalion

His Most Famous Women

Mary Arden's Garrets


After the Battle
Bloody Corner
Margery Kempe
Cunning Folk
Another Witch
Nan Bullen
Listening Woman
Pharaoh's Concubine
Dorothy King Recalls Robert Herrick, Vicar of Dean Prior


Lilith Dreams Again of the End of Time

Mary Magdalene Walks by Another Construction Site

What History Does Not Record


Judith and Holofernes


Lot's Wife Considers Reincarnation

Mortifications of the Flesh

Singing Hosanna

Secretary of God

Editorial Reviews

“McGowan’s varied talents play throughout this collection – her love of story, music and rhythm, visual precision and a slant way of hiding pain so that it roars to the front of our attention . . . This is well-imagined storytelling, intriguing and well-paced, always with a distinctively generous poetic voice. A challenging and rewarding read.” – Rosie Johnson in The London Grip (http://londongrip.co.uk/2017/12/london-grip-poetry-review-mcgowan/) “McGowan combines folklore, myth, and history with a modern poet’s vision. The view is supportive of women’s role in history and told from a modern woman’s view which is something throughout history that has been missing. A well done and thought-provoking collection of poetry.” – Joseph Spuckler (https://evilcyclist.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/poetry-review-with-paper-for-feet/) “There’s a ribald, troubadour quality to McGowan’s poetry that reminded me strongly of the medieval French poet Francois Villon . . . She retells traditional stories in a clear, conversational tone containing a generous dose of satire and wry humour. It’s a book that makes you smile.Her clever, punchy, highly accessible writing has immediacy that I can imagine working very well as performance poetry . . . The voices in McGowan’s verse are lively and compelling.” – Colin Pink in Poetry Salzburg Review no 31 Autumn 2017.