River, Run!, by Caitlin Jackson
In Caitlin Jackson’s second book of poetry, River, Run! she introduces readers to a world of feminity embedded in myth. As one becomes acquainted with her village and river of the title, they are drawn deep into a domain of women and rushing water. The women in River, Run! succumb to their fears while still holding their heads high, while embracing their vulnerability as part of their greatest strength as well as their weakness.
As the women in the poems fight their way through victories and defeats, suffer through bouts of sickness and fortitude, the reader is carried with them down the river that flows along every page. The waters are beckoning— Enter into a world of magic and contradictions, where distress settles down uneasily alongside solace and women rise out of their own ashes, power streaming from their fingertips.