Intense Subjects Are Studied Through Intelligent Poems
Christine Stoddard‘s poetry collection Water for the Cactus Woman, published through Spuyten Duyvil Publishing in 2018, weaves an almost anti-fairy tale onto the page. The speaker, a biracial character yearning for her mother’s love and reaching out for some kind of connection with her dead grandmother, reveals that a massive change in location cannot transform what is bitter, bittersweet – frustrated and frustrating – into anything other than what it is. It is as the speaker says, “A grave is a grave is a grave / unless that grave belongs / to someone you loved.”
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