What Magick May Not Alter by JC Reilly

What Magick May Not Alter by JC Reilly

What Magick May Not Alter

by JC Reilly

978-1-948692-30-4 paper 18.95
978-1-948692-31-1 ebook 9.99
6×9, 144 pp.
April 2020

Read What Magick May Not Alter on a porch swing by a live oak if you can. This layered Southern fantasy is unlike any you’ve read before. Real world issues like the prevalence of the KKK, sexual assault, manslaughter, alcoholism, and complex family dynamics move the plot into emotionally treacherous and painfully real places. Twin sisters Lulah and Vi anchor this story of a magically gifted family told through poetry. Set in early nineteen-hundreds Louisiana, the choice to tell this story in verse sets it apart, making it feel like a spell book or a manifesto at times. Emotion sings through it clear and strong, as in this pivotal passage when Talulah visits Vidalia:

She smiles as she slips
the doll in a pocket and begins a song
in a language that hovers somewhere
between the voices of flowers
and the timbre of wind.
Lulah joins in then,
in made-up words of her own.

A Louisiana writer living in Atlanta, Georgia, JC Reilly writes across genres and has received Pushcart and Wigleaf nominations for her work, as well as awards from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, the Georgia Poetry Society, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She is the author of the chapbook La Petite Mort and a contributing author to an anthology of occasional verse, On Occasion: Four Poets, One Year. Follow her @aishatonu.

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