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Summer Reading 2021: The World's Wife

Why Lingerr picked The World's Wife

Read The World's Wife with Lingerr this summer!
This fiery funny feminist poetry anthology explores and rejects what we've been told about women in fairy tales and pop culture. Get ready to meet Mrs. Beast, Mrs. Midas, Medusa, and more in ways we've never seen before.
To get you started, here's Mrs. Icarus:
"I'm not the first or the last
to stand on a hillock
watching the man she married
prove to the world
he's a total, utter, absolute, Grade A pillock."

About The World's Wife

The World's Wife
by Carol Ann Duffy


Be terrified.
It's you I love,
perfect man,
Greek God, my own;
but I know you'll go,
betray me, stray
from home.
So better by far for
me if you were stone.
—from "Medusa"



"...the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil's Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfriends of famous—and infamous—male personages." - Goodreads 

About the reader

 Lingerr Senghor , English, Journalism Advisor

Past picks by Lingerr:

  • Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale