An Anti-Fairytale Book of Poetry

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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