She Returns to the Floating World

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She Returns to the Floating World
Author Jeannine Hall Gailey
Cover artist Rene Lynch
Country United States
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher Kitsune Books
Publication date
July 1, 2011
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 132 pp
ISBN 978-0-9827409-2-7

She Returns to the Floating World is a book of poetry that was written by Jeannine Hall Gailey and published by Kitsune Books in 2011. This collection, Gailey's second, deals with feminine transformations in the personae of characters from Japanese folk tales, anime, and manga.

Poems from the book were featured in Verse Daily,[1] and the haiku "august sky..." won an Honorable Mention in the 12th Mainichi Haiku Contest (2008).[2]


  • Eric Hoffer Award 2012—Montaigne Medal finalist.[3]
  • Semifinalist in the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards in the Poetry category.[4]
  • Silver medal in the Florida Publisher's Association 2011 President's Book Award for Poetry.[5]


Critical reviews of She Returns to the Floating World have appeared in the following literary publications:


  1. ^ "Verse Daily: Advice Given to Me Before My Wedding". Verse Daily. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  2. ^ "The 12th Mainichi Haiku Contest". The Mainichi Daily News. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Eric Hoffer Award – Montaigne Medal Short List". The Eric Hoffer Project. Retrieved 2016-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Goodreads Choice Awards 2011". Goodreads, Inc. Retrieved 2016-06-11. 
  5. ^ "FPA 2011 President’s Book Awards Winners" (PDF) (Press release). Florida Publishers Association, Inc. November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  6. ^ Barbour, Julie Brooks (2011). "Once I Believed the Stories Didn’t Have Endings: A Review of Jeannine Hall Gailey’s She Returns to the Floating World". Barn Owl Review. Retrieved 2011-11-25. With her collection She Returns to the Floating World, Jeannine Hall Gailey has created a masterpiece. I do not say this lightly. 
  7. ^ Barnard, Gina (2011). "She Returns to the Floating World by Jeannine Hall Gailey". The California Journal of Poetics. Retrieved 2011-07-28. What echoes throughout Gailey’s work is the understanding and the desire to create alternate worlds when reality is chaotic. 
  8. ^ Mid-American Review. 32: 217–8. 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ "Small Press Bookwatch". Midwest Book Review. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 'She Returns to the Floating World' brings forth an unusual blend of influence and culture to poetry of a woman of the twentieth century who seen much and produces a product of it all. 
  10. ^ Cutler, Christine (2012). "Book Review: She Returns to the Floating World" (PDF). New Madrid Journal. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 'She Returns to the Floating World' is a well-crafted and delightful collection of poems that will take readers on a journey with Gailey beyond the chaos of the modern world into the potential of the future.  line feed character in |quote= at position 183 (help)
  11. ^ Carty, Jessie (2011). "Their Eyes Like Geodes". The Rumpus. Retrieved 2011-07-28. In She Returns to the Floating World, Gailey utilizes anime and other aspects of Japanese culture, such as its folklore and attitudes following The Bomb, as she puzzles through how to define she. 
  12. ^ Alvarez, Celia Lisset (2012). Southern Humanities Review. Auburn University. 46 (1): 96–9.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "The Eric Hoffer Award for Books". The US Review of Books. 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-25. Gailey weaves classic themes of transformation, self-knowledge, and natural beauty into a fantastical multi-colored world of fairy tales, animation and video games. 
  14. ^ Barnard, Gina (2012). "Rebirth in a Different Tongue: Japanese Fairy-tales in American Verse". Web Del Sol Review of Books. Retrieved 2012-01-12. With vivid sensory detail, Gailey invites us into the Fox-wife’s world with descriptions such as, the 'smell of smashed leaves underfoot,' 'the curl beneath the bedsheets,' and 'our noses were flames in the forest. The light of torn paper lanterns is never true, the moonlight uneven.' 

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