What Haunts Me the Most
by Chimen Georgette Kouri
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Pub Date 08 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 08 Dec 2023
"Being the eldest daughter is similar to the Final Girl in a slasher movie; everyone has to die for you to survive. But I don’t feel like the Final Girl. Not when it’s my blood on the knife." What Haunts Me the Most uses gothic horror elements to address trauma through poetry.
“In this eerie yet alluring collection, fate stalks our hesitant heroine through the dark forest of a gothic fairytale…creamy flowers bloom from rancid meat, blood drips and congeals as dreams devour, true crime warps the pastoral scenery, nostalgia betrays survival; you cannot dare to look away, breathless and left wanting more.”
—Frankie Balzano, author of Spider Rodeo
“…a courageous dissection of girlhood and what it means to be haunted by it…There’s an all-encompassing curiosity and an intuitive wisdom present in each of her poems, which leaves the reader questioning what it means to be a daughter in a home that sometimes feels like a prison.”
—Jessica Ballen, author of Kosher
"…images of cicadas, frogs, and swans; the tower and the hanged man; blood and guts; the fragile egg cracked open by ruinous fingers; the familial hauntings of a dead grandmother and the constant daily deaths of girlhood, devouring men, and being the eldest daughter grab hold of you like the branches of pine trees clutch at the dress of the final girl as she runs. Why does she run? To learn how to let go, to learn how to be? These poems ask how to survive when it's our blood on the knife. They had me by the jugular."
—Alise Versella, author of Tender is the Body and When Wolves Become Birds
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OUCHIE -- THIS IS THE POETRY COLLECTION FOR THE LEAGUE OF ELDEST DAUGHTERS. DAMN.
I am so thankful to our lovely author, Querencia Press, and Netgalley for granting me early access to this blade in the side of a collection, jarring me when I wasn't expecting it and giving it to me where it hurts most, but in the very best way.
What Haunts Me the Most is set to hit shelves on December 8, 2023. Pick it up then and pre-order it now!