Gailey’s other more recent notable book of poetry, She Returns to the Floating World, deals with feminine transformations in the personae of characters from Japanese folk tales, anime, and manga. Gailey's work addresses feminist issues of power in mythology and comic book cultures, turning fairy tale stepmothers into empathetic characters, and holding up a mirror to contemporary American culture's images of powerful women.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
I’m sorry I didn’t turn out
like you expected
sorry the last sight you’ll see is
the flash of silver in the sky and that
a flurry of leaves and dust…
I wanted to be sturdy I wanted more I wanted you
but instead I have the transitive the shift the loss
Gailey’s third book, Unexplained Fevers, will be published by New Binary Press in 2013. For more about her, visit her blog, Jeannine Blogs.