New Review of SAINT MONICA

Joshua Ware posted a thoughtful review of Mary Biddinger’s poetry chapbook SAINT MONICA, writing “To ignore physical pain, the sexualized self, and financial strife for the ceremonial crowning of a statue necessarily leads to a future life of abuse in and subservience to a manipulative, abusive, and patriarchal culture that values both misogyny and perseverance in the face of continual torment. Of course, as a rational human being, Monica realizes, at least at some level, to live such a life is not just self-defeating, but self-destructive. In turn, she creates multiple identities in order to manage the force of tradition with the preservation of self and a life of always out-of-reach happiness.” read the whole thing here and buy a copy of SAINT MONICA here.