Thorns / Sargassum

Thorns/Sargassum (2017, edition of 50) holds two collections of poetry hand bound into a double pamphlet. Using found text culled from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Thorns) and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Sargassum), these poems cut to the very core of the anguish carried by their respective female protagonists, linked by a man who is either callous or caring depending on the literary lens. These isolated experiences are both separated and bridged by a coded message on the chapbook’s center tab, briefly collapsing their individual experiences into a moment of direct acknowledgement of each other’s hardship, and distilling their ordeal into a concise contemporary conflict by a third unknown voice.

“In what way
is he peculiar

I don’t know
but you feel it
when he speaks to you

you cannot describe him
without ghost stories

I would almost say
that if he were a ghost
I’d be his haunt”

-From Thorns

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