Rating: Five out of five stars
“Ophelia Unraveling” is a beautiful little chapbook that details the relationship between the maiden from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the river that drowned her. In ten poems, the river meets Ophelia, questions her, tastes her, drowns her, and confesses to the deed. The river thus becomes a character in its own right, engaging in an almost Sapphic relationship with Ophelia, who still thinks of her dear Hamlet, even in death.
The imagery is pristine with a somber clarity. Ophelia is one of my favorite literary characters, and this chapbook shows the character with a new perspective. I could stare at the cover all day.
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