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Monday, June 7, 2010

Poetry, Myth and Vampires

Title: Crow/Woman and MudGirl
Author: VictoriaSelene SkyeDeme
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 978-1424122240

Reviewer's name: Erin O'Riordan for Amazon

VictoriaSelene Skye Deme is, I believe, the illegitimate love child of Sylvia Plath, Barbara G. Walker (who wrote the wonderful Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets) and American Indian writer Louise Erdrich.

CrowWoman and Mudgirl is an all-too-brief collection of poems steeped in myth and folklore. The theme, generally, is the reconciliation of the age-old dichotomy of feminine archetypes: is a woman a sweet-faced angel, or a raging she-wolf goddess? In Skye Deme's poems, she is daughter, lover, monster, and more. These are big poems for such a tiny book, and deeply satisfying. My personal favorite is "Dreary Summer Day." What sounds like something perfectly mundane is actually a beautifully spun vampire tale.

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Anonymous said...

Vampires. Femme Fatale. Sounds like a perfect match. Interesting review Erin!

Gale Stanley said...

Sounds intriguing. I will check it out.

andrew paisley said...

sounds like a fun interesting read.Entertaining and not too heavy!! x

SeleneSkye~ said...

Erin~ thank you for the review of my book~ I knew you'd catch the vampyre undetones in several of the poems~