Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo by Carole Maso
From Counterpoint Press:
“Maso’s incantatory description of her conjured-up subject’s embrace takes on extraordinary power . . . Like Frida Kahlo’s painting–impossible to look away from.” –Kai Maristed, Los Angeles Times
At the age of eighteen, Frida Kahlo’s life was transformed when the bus in which she was riding was hit by a trolley car. Pierced through by a steel handrail and broken in many places, she entered a long period of convalescence during which she began to paint self-portraits.
A vibrant series of prose poems, Beauty Is Convulsive is a passionate meditation on Frida Kahlo, one of the twentieth century’s most compelling artists. Carole Maso brings together pieces from Kahlo’s biography, her letters, medical documents, and her diaries to assemble a text that is as erotic, mysterious, and colorful as one of Kahlo’s paintings.