You Are Happy
|Published||1974 (Oxford University Press)|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
The book contains the following poems:
You Are Happy
- Newsreel: man and firing squad
- Chaos poem
- Gothic letter on a hot night
- Spring poem
- Tricks with mirrors
- You are happy
Songs of the transformed
- Pig song
- Bull song
- Rat song
- Crow song
- Song of the worms
- Owl song
- Siren song
- Song of the fox
- Song of the hen's head
- Corpse song
- First prayer
- four evasions
There is only one of everything
- Eating fire
- Four auguries
- Head against white
- There is only one of everything
- Late August
- Book of ancestors
A poetry review in The New York Times called "Songs of the transformed" "a splendid series of animal poems ... [able] to capture the natural world and yet to manage to make a larger statement.", and Manijeh Mannani of Athabasca University found that it "continue[s] the same thread of feminist concerns [of her previous poetry] with only the concluding poems of the collection reflecting the optimistic connotation inherent in the title."
- Margaret Atwood's Assassinations: Recent Poetry and Fiction (Sharon Rose Wilson) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Frozen Touch in You Are Happy : The Rapunzal Symdrome and The Girl Without Hands, in Margaret Atwood's Fairy-Tale Sexual Politics (Sharon Rose Wilson) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- The Transculturation of Mythic Archetypes: Margaret Atwood's Circe, in Amaltea: Revista de Mitocritica (Vol. 7, 2015) in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Thomas Lask (August 2, 1975). "A Work Lurking in the Lines". The New York Times. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- Manijeh Mannani. "Margaret Atwood: The Poetry". canadian-writers.athabascau.ca. Athabasca University. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- William H. Pritchard (February 1976). "Despairing at Styles". Poetry. The Poetry Foundation: 296, 297. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
a joyless collection that seems professionally committed to "badtiming" it.