Jeanann Verlee’s second book, Said the Manic to the Muse, takes a deeper, more focused look at the erratic, whimsical, ominous, and sometimes perilous ways manic depression functions. Introduced through the careful prophecy of three archetypes: Medea, Jezebel, and Kali–each a woman largely misrepresented and wholly misunderstood–these poems detail the story of one woman’s struggle to maintain both strength and sanity in the face of abandonment and aging. From dangerous trysts and barroom brawls to Said the Manic to the Muse recounts the year she lost everything, including her mind.
About Jeanann Verlee
Jeanann Verlee is a poet, editor, and former punk rocker. Her first book, Racing Hummingbirds, earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in poetry and she is winner of both the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. She performs and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, dive bars and poetry venues across North America. She is an animal rights activist, feminist, and advocate for encouraging voice in the voiceless.