National Poetry Month Day 13: Jane Yolen

Fat Is Not a Fairy Tale

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Cinder Elephant,
Sleeping Tubby,
Snow Weight,
where the princess is not
anorexic, wasp-waisted,
flinging herself down the stairs.

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Hansel and Great,
Repoundsel,
Bounty and the Beast,
where the beauty
has a pillowed breast,
and fingers plump as sausage.

I am thinking of a fairy tale
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything round is good:
the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess.

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4 Responses to "National Poetry Month Day 13: Jane Yolen"

  • I love this poem! Jane Yolen wrote Sleeping Ugly, one of my favorite fairy tales. It’s not the perfect feminist fairy tale, but it’s a good start.

    1 Leilani said this (April 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM)


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