Fairy Tale Review

Fairy Tale Review

Fairy Tale Review

Fairy Tale Review


"An indispensable addition to any collection concerning itself with the mythic material of childhood-both childhood's experiences and its traditional tales, and how they reverberate through adult lives." -Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and Mirror Mirror: A Novel


Ivy alvarez
Auto/biography, or so I was tolde


She pickes mye foote up by the heele
dragges hir fingre padde
along myn arche

& seith unto me

Thow hath a noblewoman's foote
(tho I was but a chylde)

See how hit curveth so highe
thou wylt never be poore
thou wylt never stay hiere

& by thise frekkle hiere
thou wilt travelle far
from these mowntaynes & skyes

Hir naile dyde scratche myen lytel skynne
so myn foote didde curle & shrinke
lyke a worme evicted from the earthe

She dyde smile my mother's mayde
myn owne nurse
who didde worke for hir keepe

Theire is no plas to go
unless t'were
the bottom o' the worlde I thoghte

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