The newest collection of haunting, magical poems by Francesca Lia Block, author of Fairy Tales in Electri-City, draws on myth and fable to explore the roles women play in many archetypal stories–and gives voice to these female characters, to let them tell their tales in their own words.
Wasn’t it pervert Edgar Allen Poe who said, “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world?” Francesca Lia Block’s book Dead Girls begs to differ.Here we see the exploitation of girls—spun into the very DNA of our Western culture of myth and fairy tales—for what it is. Block gives voice to these women and girls, including the “wicked” queens and stepmothers, revealing a complexity and despair as only a truly great poet can.I’ll tell you what is the most poetical topic in the world—beautiful girls who are very much alive in these exquisite poems.
In the gorgeous realms of these poems we might hear beguiling instructions: “Heed my advice / Take your heart from your chest / Let it bleed in your hands / Talk to it softly / as if to a lover,” and then wander into their alluring spaces of darkness. Bristling with violence and eroticism, the wilderness here resonates with current and crucial concerns.Listen close and follow Francesca Lia Block’s seductive voice as it speaks through these fabular figures: “I want to tell my history / Can you hear my stories?”
Francesca Lia Block has described her work as "contemporary fairy tales with an edge," where the real world and its trouble find solace through the magic of creative expression and love. She has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, the New York Times Book Review, and School Library Journal. Her previous titles include the bestselling Weetzie Bat series (HarperCollins), the memoir/craft book The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process (Seal Press), the novel The Elementals (St. Martin's), the erotic fairy tale collection Nymph (Circlet), and poetry collection Fairy Tales in Electri-City (A Midsummer Night's Press), among many others. She lives in Los Angeles.