Jane Burn’s new poetry collection Be Feared
is a captivating
reclamation of self, sisterhood, and love, encountering everything from Snow
White to monsters, plagues and
infernos. Acknowledging fear, this book embraces discovery, a process of translation and transformation,
of finding a voice radiant with both curses and psalms.
Rebellious, bloody, and encroached upon by violence, Burn’s
poetry examines survival, abuse and healing. Intensely imaginative, these incantatory
poems rework fairy-tale and folklore and hold up enchanted mirrors to the everyday truths of being a
working-class autistic woman, daring to become, claiming her own magnificent,
unstoppable fluency and spell-making power.