Come and join the reading on Tuesday, April 3. Miraculum Monstrum, was a winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway “Everything But Poetry” Book Prize from AROHO and a 2017 Best Book Award finalist in the “Fiction: Cross Genre” category. Her writing/art has appeared in Yew Journal, Entropy, Calyx, Earth’s Daughters, Hawaii Review, CT Review, Alexandria Quarterly and elsewhere.
7 pm | Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street
About the book:
Miraculum Monstrum is an epic hybrid narrative about Tristia Vogel, a female artist who experiences a radical physical transformation, beginning with the excrescence of apparent wings. Though she is possibly an anomalous mutation resulting from worldwide ecological upheaval, the bird/woman is co-opted by a religious cult that claims to have prophesied her experience; she is thus written as the central figure of their scriptural text. The fragmentary poem that is Miraculum Monstrum, which bears the same name as the fictitious codex quoted throughout, is presented within a catalog for an exhibit of visual artifacts and writings that chronicle this speculative history. The exhibition curator persona performs a duel function as narrative voice within the poem and critical commentator on the exhibit.
“Miraculum Monstrum’s architecture, in its interplay of word and image, post-apocalyptic Ovidian myth, documentary fiction, feminist magical realism, taxonomy, and sensuousness, is a tour de force of hybrid poetics.” Shira Dentz, author of Door of Thin Skins
“Set in an apocalyptic near future, [Miraculum Monstrum] catalogues the transformation of Tristia Vogel from a woman to a ‘latter hybrid,’ a harpy-like creature both fragile and primal, able to survive an imminent ecological tragedy. The hybrid narrative uses art, poetry, narration, museum curating, and apocryphal texts to examine the constraint and construction of women…[Tristia] emerges as a messianic figure for outcasts.” Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, Foreword Reviews.
Miraculum Monstrum by Kathline Carr