Belladonna Magic: Spells in the Form of Poetry and Photography
by Christine Sloan Stoddard
Belladonna Magic is an invitation and an offering. Step out of your nest and out of your cave. Come to the gully. Stand in that halo of light beneath the 300-year-old sycamore and close your eyes. Can you feel the sun warm your eyelids? Good. Then you've found the perfect spot. Let us recite the words together. All the spells and stories we need today are in this book. They even have photographs to go with them.
ISBN: 978-1-947067-74-5 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. She is the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine, an art and culture magazine. Stoddard is also the author of Jaguar in the Cotton Field (Another New Calligraphy), Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Ova (Dancing Girl Press), Chica/Mujer (Locofo Press), Lavinia Moves to New York (Underground Voices), The Eating Game (Scars Publications), and two miniature books from the Poems-For-All series.
“Christine Stoddard's work in poetry, photography, and collage is an oblique form of self-portraiture. Tenderly and tentatively, she explores the social expectations of women's visibility and vulnerability, and her own negotiation of them.”
“Belladonna Magic is an anthem to every girl, both young and blossomed. It is a call to action to rebel against the incarnate shame in all of us. It stars all of the elements of the natural world that play freely with the spiritual. The poetry truly leaves you feeling capable and magical of so much more than you have ever been allowed to dream.”
“Art worth a thousand words and poems loaded with a kaleidoscope of images sit side by side in Christine's Stoddard's Belladonna Magic. A showcase of her skills across several media, Christine weaves together a personal mythology out of nature, religion, and femininity. Through these pages is a journey; a celebration of personal passion, survival, and creativity awaits.”
—Benjamin Nardolilli, author, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained
“Christine Stoddard’s Belladonna Magic weaves the vulnerability and strength of feminine prowess with nature's cycles of destruction, loss, and rebirth. In her poems, Stoddard plants a garden where she grows deep roots of sisterhood, sensuality, and solitude to bloom into the the free, unveiled woman.“
“Christine Stoddard's book is visceral and unpretentious, and the play between her poetry and artwork is a raw, honest, and uncensored look at women's bodies and women's intangible states of being.”
Book Excerpt: The Storm from Belladonna Magic, A Bad Witch's Blog, April 2, 2019
The 20 Must-Read Feminist Books, Pretty Progressive, March, 2019
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