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Little Red

new poetry

by Kerry Gilbert

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In Little Red, Gilbert tells a contemporary verse version of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood is one of the original didactic stories about missing and murdered girls/women in a long history of this kind of violence against women—especially in earlier versions where “Wolf leapt upon Little Red Riding Hood and gobbled her up.” It’s also a deeply entrenched lesson in gender roles. In Little Red, Gilbert tells a contemporary verse version of this tale with all of the angst/anxieties of a different time and the dangers that now surround our children. But, she also extends that and suggests some bigger questions: what happens to children when parents are absent? What happens to an aging Red, Grandmother, Woodcutter and Wolf? What happens when “wolf decides to start a family/hopes his past will stay there/and that he can be a good father”? Gilbert suggests: “we have failed our sons/we have failed our daughters” and about wolf, that “we’ve grown so, so tired of his story.”

About the Author

Kerry Gilbert’s 2nd book, Tight Wire was shortlisted for the ReLit Poetry Prize. She won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Award for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer, and was long listed for the Ralph Gustafson Prize for the Best Poem. She teaches Creative Writing at Okanagan College in Vernon.

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