Essay in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2018;
(cited in BAE 2015, 2016, 2020); PUSHCART poetry finalist

The Babes in Head-Hopper Land

This Graphic Lit piece is a mashup of a public domain children’s book, The Adventures of the Three Bold Babes, by S. Rosamond Praeger, published in 1897 and blog advice on dealing with toddlers’ tantrums—and includes erasure and collage.

A word from the author: “I loved these old illustrations, and I think of the original pages as my canvases. When I juxtaposed them with the info about the tantrums, I realized I’d need ten pages. I collage on top of the old illustrations, reshaping the originals, changing colors sometimes, often using my own text for cutlines, and then making erasure poems with the tantrum material. When I was growing up, tantrums would guarantee a spanking. I’ve been intrigued by the new approaches to parenting!”
– Nance Van Winckel

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Nance Van Winckel’s fifth book of fiction is Ever Yrs., a novel in the form of a scrapbook (2014, Twisted Road Publications); her eighth book of poems is OUR FOREIGNER (Beyond Baroque Press, 2017, winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Series). A book of visual poetry entitled BOOK OF NO LEDGE appeared in 2016 with Pleiades Press. The recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Field, Poetry Northwest, and Gettysburg Review. She is on the MFA faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts and Visual Poetry Editor for Poetry Northwest.

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