In her brilliant My Imaginary, sass and success, drag and heft come packaged in words that sway and tease, lift and laugh for our pleasure and sometimes pain. Who’s in charge here? we might wonder but the answer is always Laura Madeline Wiseman in her remarkable chapbook. Perfect. – Hilda RazMore
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This book will deepen your relationship with poetry. There’s an emotional range from funny to menacing but big issues are at stake—betrayal, longing, assertion, trust—and yet how stylish are the deliverables. The subjects are sometimes terrifying: rape, oppression, power… The writer combines art and experience to make an otherworldly masterwork. – Grace Cavalier, Washington Independent Review…More
We might assume an imaginary…would prove provocative, but who knew it could be so funny? Spunky and heady, Laura Madeline Wiseman’s My Imaginary will excite you with a “slow touch of bliss.” Within poems and across the collection, Wiseman bounces between mind and body, stimulating us with playful rhythms and surprising twists of stereotype. My…More
She Who Loves Her Father is poetic archaeology, a careful search for ‘that thing // so unheard of, the source of the Nile / or the answer the sphinx longs for.’ Laura Madeline Wiseman’s poems find Eve (without Adam) making tea in a kitchen, Isis in the shape of a housecat, and sphinxes ‘nestled among…More
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