GUENEVER SPEAKS

Critical Comments


"In the best tradition of persona poetry, Mnookin revives the Arthurian legend, giving voice to the woman often lost in the dramatic gestures of the men around her. Here is Guenever as a young wife, as a woman in a complicated marriage, drawn to another man and suffering the joys and sorrows of that longing. The poems build upon the hints offered in Malory's text, expanding and humanizing the character of Guenever."

--Barbara Helfgott Hyett, author of Rift: Poems



From The Book


"Guenever Commands Lancelot To Leave"

...to keep you as a dream
of touch, vague as lashes
on a cheek, blurred
as light through closed
eyes; not the searing
of your fingers on my
skin, invisible marks
burning long after
you leave