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A baby transforms into a reverse mermaid in a baptism gone wrong. After being stepped on, a snail exacts revenge. In Danger Flower, Jaclyn Desforges leads enlightened witnesses through a wild garden where archetypal tales are treated with tongue-in-cheek irreverence. Amidst nesting dolls and opossums, poison oak and Tamagotchis, the poet navigates gender roles, sexual indiscretions, episodic depression, and mothering, forming essential survival strategies for a changing world. Danger Flower is a necessary debut.
Praise for Jaclyn Desforges
“Juxtaposing layers of remembrances and haiku-like truths, “Homecoming” is a masterful touchstone of inhabitable depth. Rueful wit trades in melancholia as it plays carefully with the past, cradling all the fragile smallness that we’re born from.”— Juror Ed Clayton, Short Works Prize 2019
“Desforges’s story is an artful accomplishment; the author braids Aristotle, botany, and fairy tales into a story of remarkable subtlety. The ambitious and sophisticated structure of the work results in moments of brilliant and unusual interplay between its different parts.”— Jurists Emily Keeler, David Bezmozgis, and Elizabeth Ruth, 2018 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award