The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl

The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl In a four year old Massachusetts girl died from prolonged exposure to a cocktail of drugs that a psychiatrist had prescribed to treat ADHD and bipolar disorder her parents were convicted of her

  • Title: The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl
  • Author: Sue Goyette
  • ISBN: 9781554471461
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 2006, a four year old Massachusetts girl died from prolonged exposure to a cocktail of drugs that a psychiatrist had prescribed to treat ADHD and bipolar disorder her parents were convicted of her murder In The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, Sue Goyette strives to confront the senselessness of this story, answering logic s failure to encompass the complexity of mentalIn 2006, a four year old Massachusetts girl died from prolonged exposure to a cocktail of drugs that a psychiatrist had prescribed to treat ADHD and bipolar disorder her parents were convicted of her murder In The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl, Sue Goyette strives to confront the senselessness of this story, answering logic s failure to encompass the complexity of mental illness, poverty and child neglect or that of our torn and tangled social safety net with a mythopoetic, sideways use of image and language Avoiding easy indignation, Goyette portrays the court proceedings usual suspects in unusual ways the judge, the jury, the lawyers, the witnesses and the girl s troubled parents , evokes the ghost of the girl, personifies poverty as a belligerent bully and offers an unexpected emblem of love and hope in a bear Like the utterances of a Shakespearean fool, Goyette s quirky, often counter logical poems offer a potent vision of reality than any documentary account, her eulogy for a girl society let down renewing the prospect for empathy and change.

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    About " Sue Goyette "

  • Sue Goyette

    Sue Goyette is a Canadian poet and novelist Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Goyette grew up in Saint Bruno de Montarville, on Montreal s south shore.Her first poetry book The True Names of Birds 1998 was nominated for the 1999 Governor General s Award, the Pat Lowther Award and the Gerald Lampert Award Goyette s first novel, Lures A Novel 2002 , was nominated for the 2003 Thomas Head Raddall Award She has also written another poetry collection, Undone 2004 , and won the 2008 CBC Literary Award in poetry for the poem Outskirts The poetry collection of the same name, Outskirts won the Atlantic Poetry Prize in 2012 Goyette s fourth poetry collection, Ocean, was published in 2013 by Gaspereau Press.Goyette has been a member of the faculty of The Maritime Writers Workshop, The Banff Wired Studio, and The Sage Hill Writing Experience.She presently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Dalhousie University.

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  • I think I have a crush on Sue Goyette, guys. I loved this book. I was in tears for most of it. And hearing her speak about it in my class was amazing. God I loved it. Read for ENGL 4471: Contemporary Canadian Poetry


  • I loved this poem. It was strange, twisted, beautiful, and extremely evocative. I don't read a whole lot of poetry, so I'm sure I missed a lot of the finer details and nuanced metaphors, but my god is this a wonderful way to retell and examine a painful news story. The language! The turns of phrase! The imagery!! Goyette is so talented at explaining complicated thoughts through (weird and fantastical) poetic language: “The judge wanted to know if the daycare teacher could remember anything abo [...]


  • It takes away from the emotions trying to be conveyed in the book when the author has their head up their ass with how pretentious this was


  • The girl refused to be afraid when she climbedon high things. Her mother shaved the legs of the furnitureand, along with some cough syrup, stewed itwith a few of the girl's father's beer caps. The girl spita whole parade's worth of bicycle bells back at herand pranced around in her diaper. The mother sat on the closet,lit a candle, and located the doctor with binoculars.The doctor, appearing as a bathrobe, urgedthe mother to slap the girl with her slippers then take herpulse. The girl had begun [...]


  • Beauty and horror all mixed in one. Sue takes a most difficult subject and transforms it with poetry so we can bear to read it. I believe Sue Goyette is the master of metaphor.


  • Sue Goyette’s The Brief Reincarnation of a Girl has left me breathless and heartbroken by a tragic story uniquely depicted. Goyette’s series of linked poems has also left me awestruck once again at her singular gifts for evoking emotion and revelations through startling juxtapositions of animate and inanimate, real and imagined, quick and dead, soulless and spiritual.Read my complete review here: bookgagabooks/2016/03/11/th


  • Haunting and profound Goyette has a mastery of narrative that transforms us. I was both moved and inspired by this poignant story.




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