This Week, I Read Elisabeth Horan’s Self-Portrait

Image Credit: Alessandra Zani via Unsplash Self-Portrait is a collection of ekphrastic and biographical poems on Frida Kahlo’s work and life, written by Elisabeth Horan. Each of the poems is based on a painting by Kahlo, and they are arranged chronologically. While it is based on Kahlo’s life, this is a fictional representation. The tone…

This Week, I Read Elisabeth Horan’s Odd list Odd house Odd me

This week, I read Elisabeth Horan’s Odd list Odd house Odd me: Poems for Emily. These are not “after” poems, but rather a one-way correspondence from a poet to a kindred soul. There are references to Emily Dickinson’s work, but nothing that tries to be Dickinson. These are utterly from Horan’s own voice and perspective,…

This Week, I Read…Elisabeth Horan’s Bad Mommy, Stay Mommy

Image Credit: Sharon McCutcheon Elisabeth Horan’s chapbook, Bad Mommy, Stay Mommy is a raw soliloquy from the perspective of a woman struggling with post-partum depression after the birth of her second child. Mental illness is an attack from the inside and this book is a look into the core of that struggle. The speaker is…