My Chapbook


Defining

a poetry chapbook, $7
from dancing girl press, 2019

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Tasslyn Magnusson begins her book, Defining, by stating she dreams To be no more. Then she unerringly selects the letters from the alphabet which allow her to define, consider, and, we pray(not prey), recover from childhood abuse, and recover, too, from silence that surrounded it, and the refusal of loved ones to believe her. I love the flat affect of this collection, the gathering of only the words she needs to tell what must be told. I love the confidence of this voice, and I love the hard alphabetical path she makes us follow.  We stay on the path with her because this collection is strong, heart-breaking, and resolute.

Deborah Keenan
Author of ten collections of poetry, and a book of writing ideas, from tiger to prayer

In her stunning debut chapbook, Defining, Tasslyn Magnusson delves unflinchingly into the experience and ramifications of childhood sexual abuse. A dictionary-like format lends crucial structure to this personal history—simultaneously allowing the reader a small amount of emotional distance from the disturbing scenes to which we are forced to bear witness, while also adding an intriguing dimension of linguistic subtlety. Each poem invites us to consider the many layers and facets of a word, and the different ways in which language can be employed to define and redefine the self. We put down this collection distressed at the traumas endured by too many children, but also amazed at the possibility of reclaiming oneself through words.

Molly Beth Griffin
Author of the novel 
Silhouette of a Sparrow, several picture books, and the poetry collections Under Our Feet and All the Hollow Places.

Cover art

Cover Art by Jessica Noble.

Image description: A picture of a young girl in an orange shirt with overalls. She is blowing bubbles. Text reads: DEFINING in all capital letters and at the bottom of the page is Tasslyn Magnusson in smaller letters.

Buy the book

 

  • Order from dancing girl press.
     
  • Use Paypal (bank account or credit card) ordering option below If you would like a signed copy direct from Tasslyn. $7.00, free shipping.



My Chapbook


Defining

a poetry chapbook, $7
from dancing girl press, 2019

Read more about the book

Tasslyn Magnusson begins her book, Defining, by stating she dreams To be no more. Then she unerringly selects the letters from the alphabet which allow her to define, consider, and, we pray(not prey), recover from childhood abuse, and recover, too, from silence that surrounded it, and the refusal of loved ones to believe her. I love the flat affect of this collection, the gathering of only the words she needs to tell what must be told. I love the confidence of this voice, and I love the hard alphabetical path she makes us follow.  We stay on the path with her because this collection is strong, heart-breaking, and resolute.

Deborah Keenan
Author of ten collections of poetry, and a book of writing ideas, from tiger to prayer

In her stunning debut chapbook, Defining, Tasslyn Magnusson delves unflinchingly into the experience and ramifications of childhood sexual abuse. A dictionary-like format lends crucial structure to this personal history—simultaneously allowing the reader a small amount of emotional distance from the disturbing scenes to which we are forced to bear witness, while also adding an intriguing dimension of linguistic subtlety. Each poem invites us to consider the many layers and facets of a word, and the different ways in which language can be employed to define and redefine the self. We put down this collection distressed at the traumas endured by too many children, but also amazed at the possibility of reclaiming oneself through words.

Molly Beth Griffin
Author of the novel 
Silhouette of a Sparrow, several picture books, and the poetry collections Under Our Feet and All the Hollow Places.

Cover art

Cover Art by Jessica Noble.

Image description: A picture of a young girl in an orange shirt with overalls. She is blowing bubbles. Text reads: DEFINING in all capital letters and at the bottom of the page is Tasslyn Magnusson in smaller letters.

Buy the book

 

  • Order from dancing girl press.
     
  • Use Paypal (bank account or credit card) ordering option below If you would like a signed copy direct from Tasslyn. $7.00, free shipping.