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NOTHING IN BETWEEN by Marybeth Rua-Larsen reviewed by Shinelle Espaillat • Cleaver Magazine
NOTHING IN BETWEEN by Marybeth Rua-Larsen Barefoot Muse Press, 58 Pages reviewed by Shinelle Espaillat Fairy tales often have at least two versions: the Disney translations, in which everyone signs and good guys have perfect teeth, and the Grimm incarnations, which feature visceral heart extractions and frequent attempted murder of young girls. We often study fairy tales to examine what messages they convey about gender and voice; in her collection, Nothing In-Between, Marybeth Rua-Larsen offers alternative interpretations, both of the tales themselves and our reasons for telling them. The theme of rescuing runs throughout most fairy tales, making it an apt opening for the collection. The poem “The Rescue” offers a change in perspective on the theme as seen in “Rapunzel.” In this poem, we don’t see the princess as just waiting around to be rescued; rather, she is making a conscious, informed choice. She could cut her hair and … chop! chop! read more!