Rating: Five out of five stars
“Girlhood and Machines” is a chapbook of fifteen poems that address a character named Charlotte throughout. The themes are of a Gothic and Victorian nature, with wintry words of wolves and branches and owls and ribbons and crows. The poems are rich with original imagery.
The character of Charlotte is intriguing – she is mentioned five times in this collection. She is always doing something when she is referenced; her busy but seemingly passive implications in the narrator’s life seem to aim at an authority figure not unlike that of a nurse or nanny.
I recommend this chapbook to readers who enjoy the Gothic or Victorian literary aesthetic.
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