Shedding Sin: A Verse Novel
by Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune
review by Mark McCawley
“My girl, my girl, don’t lie to me,
Tell me where did you sleep last night?”
—”Where Did You Sleep Last Night”, Nirvana’s 1994 cover of Huddie Ledbetter, a.k.a. Lead Belly’s 1944 reinterpretation. Original artist unknown.
“A novel in verse, a poetic story told by two strong female voices presented in short bursts of verse in a back and forth, call and response type style. The poems feed of each other’s imagery, running the gamut from the simple unadorned line to hallucinatory, dreamlike passages and back. The real and virtual become entwined in dreamlike states where fantasy and reality become indistinguishable. Violently erotic imagery born of raw emotion, sex and drugs, pain and ecstasy, addiction to chemicals both natural and manufactured. Vivid images of damnation and salvation, death and rebirth. At once intimate and angry, fantastic and visceral. A lush, sordid tale of lies and mindfucks, and somewhere, maybe love…”
(from ‘Introduction by William Taylor Jr’, Shedding Sin: A Verse Novel by Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune, p.7)