The Mask is the latest poetic offering from Elisabeth Horan and is the third chapbook to be published by The Broken Spine.
Elisabeth Horan is a poet, mother, and small press publisher living in the wilds of Vermont. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Animal Heart Press. Elisabeth is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. She is also a fierce advocate for those impacted by mental illness. Read more about Elisabeth here.
‘In The Mask, Horan doesn’t just write Kahlo, she wears her many faces, sings through her lips. The tensions of this extraordinary life; dualities of place, culture, identity, desire, sex, death, and selfhood, zing elastic on the page. Horan uses language like a dancer uses muscle – from the belly-flutter of a lover, to the vicious stamp of a heel in bright red shoes. There are two women alive, alive in these pages, and both offer the reader their hand, snatch it away, then offer it again. To agree to this dance is to step into the blistering, conflicting, baffling, beautiful fire of living inside one’s art, and heart, beyond any boundaries imposed by society or self. ‘Explode, destroy, take me when you will’. Oh, do, even if it may just burn you to ashes. “He did not follow the rules — / Neither have I / And for this – we succumb.”‘
– Ankh Spice, IceFloe Press, Barren Magazine
NOTE: This is the digital edition in PDF format, no physical copy will be dispatched.