The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl

The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl[Ebook] ➨ The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl By Sue Goyette – In 2006 a four year old Massachusetts girl died from prolonged exposure to a cocktail of drugs that a psychiatrist had prescribed to treat ADHD and bipolar disorder; her parents were convicted of her In a four Reincarnation of eBook ☆ year old Massachusetts girl died from prolonged exposure to a cocktail of drugs that a psychiatrist had prescribed to treat ADHD and bipolar disorder; her parents The Brief ePUB ô were convicted of her murder In The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl Sue Goyette strives to confront the senselessness of this story answering logic’s failure to encompass the complexity of mental Brief Reincarnation of Kindle Ò illness poverty and child neglect or that of our torn and tangled social ‘safety net’ with a mythopoetic sideways use of image and language Avoiding easy indignation Goyette portrays the court proceedings’ usual suspects in unusual ways the judge the jury the lawyers the witnesses and the girl’s troubled parents evokes the ghost of the girl personifies poverty as a belligerent bully and offers an unexpected emblem of love and hope in a bear Like the utterances of a Shakespearean fool Goyette’s uirky often counter logical poems offer a potent vision of reality than any documentary account her eulogy for a girl society let down renewing the prospect for empathy and change. I think I have a crush on Sue Goyette guys I loved this book I was in tears for most of it And hearing her speak about it in my class was amazing God I loved it Read for ENGL 4471 Contemporary Canadian Poetry I loved this poem It was strange twisted beautiful and extremely evocative I don't read a whole lot of poetry so I'm sure I missed a lot of the finer details and nuanced metaphors but my god is this a wonderful way to retell and examine a painful news story The language The turns of phrase The imagery Goyette is so talented at explaining complicated thoughts through weird and fantastical poetic language “The judge wanted to know if the daycare teacher could remember anything about the girl's mother and the teacher changed her voice into preschool scissors and carefully cut around the words she was preparing to say When she pulled her words out they remained joined as well as individual silhouettes representing tired and not uite understanding the care the rough gem of childhood reuired What she said also resembled a janitor's bucket and mop and everyone on the jury admired how she sloshed gamely into her testimony how at first it seemed she was just spreading the same dirty water around but when she was done the floor indeed looked cleaner to themDefinitely a departure from the kinds of books I normally read but so worth it It takes away from the emotions trying to be conveyed in the book when the author has their head up their ass with how pretentious this was The girl refused to be afraid when she climbedon high things Her mother shaved the legs of the furnitureand along with some cough syrup stewed itwith a few of the girl's father's beer caps The girl spita whole parade's worth of bicycle bells back at herand pranced around in her diaper The mother sat on the closetlit a candle and located the doctor with binocularsThe doctor appearing as a bathrobe urgedthe mother to slap the girl with her slippers then take herpulse The girl had begun to growl which was upsettingthe cats The mother upped the dosage of bottle capsand added some baby Aspirin The doctor suggested conventional medication the girl sounded bipolarand should be on a leash What they didn't knowwas that the girl had collected enough stickersto reward the universe She had a blanket and a bearShe had resolved that when she got up from the floorthat last time she'd be in another time zonewith better tasting furniture and a door that closed pg 1 The girl's ghost was not necessarily a ghostbut a representative of the girl's curiosityShe moved with an ease that belied her deathand sat between her parents The fire on her father'scrotch immediately went out and her mother's holdon her water glass lightened The girl wanted her bearShe wanted to hold the bear to her heart and hearfor herself Why would she believe anythingthey told her? She could trust the bear The times it insistedshe was in a forest and would soon come to its edgeShe didn't understand why her mouth was filledwith sand and kept emptying it like a shoeShe couldn't taste the window she put her tongue toso tried licking it like a popsicle It wasn't that she missedher mother and father she just liked the cooking smellof their clothes and thought she was hungry Her daycareteacher kept trying to hand her flowers but when shereached out to take them her teacher busied herselfwith the Kleenex they'd turn into and wouldn't look up pg 15 The doctor examined her childhood in the mirrorHer siblings were vacationing in her eyes and so she wasseeing them everywhere She uickly uncapped a vialand swallowed a moment when she had guessedthe word her father had been looking for She swallowedthe spoon she had used to feed her mother afterthe surgery then straightened her blazer and added a coupleof inches to her height The ghost of the girl had beentaunting her all morning Slithering under chairsand then pointing her wand and casting a spellso she'd turn into a peach A peach The doctor scoffedat the idea of turning into a peach It showed how littleany of these people really knew her She'd never allowherself to become a peach She left the bathroomto poverty greedily smucking up even the thoughtof the fruit pg 28 Poverty didn't know the first things about eatinga unicorn It gnawed at its horn but the glittersettled in poverty's cavities which caused painto spark in its ears It picked up a legbut the delicious smell of green dazed it and povertyfound itself sitting down scraping green out of the unicorn'shoof The ghost of the girl showed it how to starta plant by placing the green at the bottom of a glass of waterThe plant uickly took root and offered its leaveswhich poverty ate immediately It was surprised how nourishedpoverty felt after eating those leaves The ghost of the girlput her hand on the unicorn and the unicorn told herthat unicorns had never been captured in pill formWhat the girl had been prescribed was actually an elkand even then not a real elk but a synthetic versionthat probably made her feel worse Poverty didn't have a beltto undo it was feeling that plenished pg 36 The jury was told that the girl had been foundon the floor beside her parents' bed Her armswere described as sparrows that had once been inuisitiveThey were reminded how sparrows ignore any thoughtof danger to investigate things they find alluringMembers of the jury knew this of sparrowsMany of them had bird feeders in their yardor suction cupped to the windows of their apartmentsThey were told that the girl's head was biggerthan her body because she'd still been a fledglingPoverty was having a field day with all the walkof fledglings Little jelly beans; unexpected disastersThe way a fledgling would lose its balance and fall overPerfect poverty said popping another one in its mouthand crunching pg 54 True crime poetry is somewhat of a niche genre This collection uses curiously surrealistic language with results that are often uncomfortably bleakly funny despite the tragedy of it all Fortunately the humour is wielded against the individuals and institutions that occasioned the tragedy Beauty and horror all mixed in one Sue takes a most difficult subject and transforms it with poetry so we can bear to read it I believe Sue Goyette is the master of metaphor Unrelenting in the devastation and sorrow of lives splintered by neglect abuse and childhood Sue Goyette’s The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl has left me breathless and heartbroken by a tragic story uniuely depicted Goyette’s series of linked poems has also left me awestruck once again at her singular gifts for evoking emotion and revelations through startling juxtapositions of animate and inanimate real and imagined uick and dead soulless and spiritualRead my complete review here I dont read a ton of poems let alone long onesthis book is extraordinary Haunting and profound Goyette has a mastery of narrative that transforms us I was both moved and inspired by this poignant story