THE ROBOT SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER: Poems ~Jeannine Hall Gailey
“THE ROBOT SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER gives us a magnificent voice, at turns ‘happy with the apple blossoms,’ and whip-smart enough to know ‘the beauties of voltmeter and oscilloscope.’ But underneath the beautifully measured sheen and spark of these bright stanzas, is a human who opens up thrilling new worlds by also fearlessly inhabiting poems of sorrow, survival, and identity.” –Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
Powerful is one of the first words which comes to mind when I think of THE ROBOT SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER. I was so happy to have this book early so I could read a poem each day and come back to it with my mind often to savor the images and recall my own feelings about nuclear families and nuclear reactors of my history and knowledge.
My own family ate the green weeds and flowers of the ground in hopes of growing healthy and cleansing the pesticides and chemicals of the past progresses. We worshiped the apple blossoms and witnessed the testing of the bombs and the growing cancers right within our core. There is a tender childhood memoir wrapped within an environmental beauty that we know as our home until it is paved over and rendered dead.
As I live in the State with the most MS anywhere in the world. As the fossil fuel fogies attempt to destroy the sound waters daily (oil and water do not mix – I thought everyone knew that?). I pounced on these words and knew them with joy and intimacy wanting to shout out about this experience expressed and the insights shared in each phrase and precise capture; share them with my world and those people of my neighborhood.
This poetry is a positive use of punctuation with readable stop points and a rhythm, which strengthens its form and readability- Intelligent! It is not so free form as to loose focus and poignancy.
I want to introduce my daughters to this eco-feminism and her fearless words right at this moment as we celebrate Poetry Month and our drought is making known its energy and as we combine to celebrate Earth Day and the Procession of The Species parade and Arts Walk. The book is an art form – not to be missed.
Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She is the author of four books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers and The Robot Scientist’s Daughter. Her poems have been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She was awarded a 2007 and 2011 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner.
I feel privileged to have been given this book for review by Serena at Poetic Book Tours
I apologize to Jeannine Hall Gailey for being a day late on posting this review of her magnificent book, but I too have spent a lifetime of working on health and living with a Downwinder of the Hanford Nuclear Release! Some days are just impossible to manage. We’re here now and so thankful for knowing of your book and wisdom.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
When Women Were Birds
Tags: destruction, energy, environment, family, food, Jeannine Hall Gailey, National Laboratories, Natural beauty, nuclear energy, Oak Ridge, poetry, Power, Robotics, science, Tennessee, THE ROBOT SCIENTIST’S DAUGHTER, trees