I DREAMED A WORLD by Colleen Anderson LVP Publications, Copyright 2022 Cover Art by Stefan Keller Audio Production by Danielle Bryn (Available in ebook, audiobook, paperback, hardcover)
A collection of 60 poems exploring fairy tales, myths, witches and legends from a female perspective. Available from LVP Publications in paperback, ebook and audiobook May 2022. Pre-order available now! Special Pre-order Package includes a copy of the paperback, ebook and audiobook plus a free gift from Lycan Valley.
"This is a breath-taking collection from Aurora and Rhysling nominee Colleen Anderson. Across the considered and considerable span of these poems, Anderson reconfigures the role of and gives new voice to heroines and archetypes from mythology, fairy tale and popular culture. She shows us Persephone stained into heady knowledge by the seeds and juice of the pomegranate; she conjures a rapport between Rapunzel and Medusa (“Day by day, like obsessive schoolgirls / they compared notes, talked of their confines”); she elucidates for us that “Snow White was a victim of conspiracies / when a prophetic mirror dared to dictate the future”. In this wide-ranging yet cleverly sequential book, Colleen Anderson makes us privy to the revelation that “Fairy tales are the memories of gods long gone” and recasts our inherited fantastical culture through a feminist lens. This is a major addition to the genre poetry canon." — Allen Ashley, British Fantasy Award winning editor and former President of the British Fantasy Society
“There is no ignoring the choir of color dreamed in Colleen Anderson’s new collection. Infinite goddesses evolve in her poetry, helping all find the bitter-sweet thoughts hidden in the preconception we call Waking. Journeying in her poetry always makes me want to write & dream evermore!” —Linda D. Addison, award-winning author, HWA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and SFPA Grand Master.
"Inspired by the mystical aspects of human experience, Colleen Anderson has given us her own version of archetypal feminine tales and brought her own unique touch to these versions of female characters from a spectrum of traditional mythologies (and a few modern ones). She leads us through the old-growth forests of human legend, wandering in haunted shadows and in sun-dappled clearings. From the title poem: "I dreamed a world where … the only spell is one of making." — F. J. Bergmann
"With I Dreamed A World we have an impressive collection spanning four decades of imaginative verse that will serve as a wonderful introduction to new readers and surely delight those already familiar with Colleen Anderson's thoughtful and wide-ranging poetry. Many familiar figures of myth and fairy tale are re-imagined here, challenging our conventional understanding and how we might think of these women in the futures ahead. Whether Medusa and Rapunzel or Talesen and mermaids, these provocative poems deliver compelling ways to view each of them anew!" -Bryan Thao Worra, Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate, Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association President (2016-2022).
"I Dreamed a World" by Colleen Anderson creates an effortlessly detailed engine of invention both thrilling and daunting. Dramatic monologues by Leda, Athena, Cinderella, Shahrazad, and Snow White, for instance, paint a grisly scene of abuse that gives way to resistance and female empowerment. This inclination to find hope or strength characterizes much of Anderson's work. Unlike Persephone, you surely will feel an "intemperate heat" as you enjoy this collection that balances the fantastic with the practical ― and counterweights frustration and despair with hard-won joy." -- LindaAnn LoSchiavo, "A Route Obscure and Lonely," Elgin Award winner