The Girl Who Became a Rabbit
Poetry

The Girl Who Became a Rabbit

by: Emilie Menzel
Release date: Sep 10th, 2024

The Girl Who Became a Rabbit, is a book-length lyric, a dark, ruminative poem that pushes the limits of the prose-poetic form to explore how the body carries and shapes grief and what it means to tell a story. Read More

Softcover - $16.00
(ISBN: 979-8-88574-037-1)

The Girl Who Became a Rabbit is a book-length lyric, a dark, ruminative poem that pushes the limits of the prose-poetic form to explore how the body carries and shapes grief and what it means to tell a story.

Examining reclaimed narratives of embodiment, gentle hauntings, and fables of the body, Emilie Menzel approaches the body as a home we consciously build, spinning myths and fairytales as ways to rewrite the body’s history. 

In the spirit of Maggie Nelson and Max Porter, Menzel’s writing is wild, lush, recursive, and intentionally messy. A mesmerizing and unique debut, The Girl Who Became a Rabbit intersects fable and trauma, femininity and creatureliness, and imagines the transformation of the body, perhaps, into language.

Emilie Menzel is the winner of the 2023 New Southern Voices Poetry Prize.

Praise for The Girl Who Became a Rabbit

"Recursive, ambitious, strange and beautiful, this book-length lyric explores the way trauma and abuse make a creature of us, and asks what it’s possible to become in their aftermath. I fell into this world of this book—its rabbits, and soft deer, sliced cow-eyes and wolves—the way you wade into a cold body of water, slowly and then all at once. I couldn’t put it down. And, when I finished, I was changed." —Molly McCully Brown, author of Places I've Taken My Body, contest judge
"If what you wish is to be for a while in a world that will inspire you to think playfully and with kindness and persistence and an openness to that which is not immediately beheld, you have found your book and your invitation to enter another world that happens to be in this one. Menzel works magic. I love this book." —Dara Barrois/Dixon, author of Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina
"In this astonishing debut, Emilie Menzel employs logic as a poetics of longing and grief, a vital instrument untangling trauma and its aftermath. Her images are both seductive and unflinching, electrifying and terrifying. Her lyric is the elixir I wish I could gift anyone who’s experienced girlhood." —Diana Khoi Nguyen, author of Root Fractures

 

Emilie Menzel
Author

Emilie Menzel

Emilie Menzel’s poetry hybridities have garnered such honors as the New Southern Voices Poetry Prize (selected by Molly McCully Brown), the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award in Poetry (selected by Diana Khoi Nguyen), and the Cara Parravani Memorial Award in Fiction (selected by Leigh Newman), and feature in such journals as the Bennington Review, Copper Nickel, and The Offing, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves as an editor and librarian for The Seventh Wave community. Raised on barefoot Georgia summers, they now live in Durham, North Carolina and online at emiliemenzel.com.

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