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Shirley J. Brewer’s Wild Girls, Reviewed by Dan Cuddy
Shirley Brewer’s new book, Wild Girls, is top notch in range and in colorful poetry. It has humor and seriousness. It relates the personal as well as the historical, and also the mythical. It is a book written for women, but also accessible to men. Ms. Brewer is skilled in poetic craft.
Q&A with Shirley J. Brewer
Q: Over how long a period did you write the poems in your new collection?
A: The poems in Wild Girls were written over a number of years. Several are more than 10 years old. Some are much more recent. I started putting the collection together in August of 2015, so it’s taken time to become a whole book.
Review of Wild Girls by Charles Rammelkamp
“Who knew George Custer even had a wife? Or Wild Bill Hickok, for that matter? Or ever heard about Elizabeth Patterson, the “Belle of Baltimore” who married Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother Jérôme, the marriage annulled by the Emperor himself, even after Betsy gave birth to their son? Or biblical Noah’s wife? Job’s wife? Or King’s wife, i.e., Mrs. Kong (“Dumb ape, / gaga for that ditzy bleached blonde”)? In Wild Girls, Shirley Brewer turns the spotlight on these females and more.”