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The myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is given a modern spin in this darkly humorous novel in verse. Minos' thirst for power gets him into trouble with Poseidon. It's Pasiphae, Minos' wife, who pays the price, birthing a son who is half man and half bull.
Using historical poetic forms and excerpts from two trials—with concrete poetry blended in—Elliot brings Joan of Arc's story vividly to life. The sparse verse elicits a visceral response, while Joan is portrayed as an empowered individual, despite her youth.