“A house menstruates, a cyborg sister removes her skin at night, and a father gifts his children with robotic roses”
~ Poems by Jackie Craven
~ Cover art by Louise Craven Hourrigan
Finalist in the Charlotte Mew competition from Headmistress Press judged by Julie Marie Wade
In Jackie Craven’s gorgeous chapbook, Cyborg Sister, readers will encounter a weird, luminous world where a house menstruates, a cyborg sister removes her skin at night, and a father gifts his children with robotic roses. These whimsical poems, steeped in elements of magical realism, explore the intimate, uncanny domestic spaces of female lives.
—Sarah Giragosian, author of Queer Fish and The Death Spiral
Fusing magnificent craft with penetrating humor, Jackie Craven’s Cyborg Sister provides an unforgettable critique of heteronormative standards for female behavior through its depiction of a young girl struggling with the desires and culturally condemned messiness of her own skin, while her “properly cultivated” sister is extolled for being “perfect” in every detail.
—Lisa Dordal, author of Mosaic of the Dark and Water Lessons
About the Cover…
Detail from “Venus and the Half-Shell,” oil on masonite, by surrealist Louise Craven Hourrigan. Painted in the 1980s, the image satirizes “The Birth of Venus” by Italian Renaissance artist Botticelli. See the painting >