Frida Kahlo in Fort Lauderdale: Poems by Stephen Gibson
Able Muse Press, February 2024
Stephen Gibson’s Frida Kahlo in Fort Lauderdale reimagines the iconic Mexican artist’s life and relationships by exploring Kahlo’s passions and pains through vivid persona poems. Realized entirely in a modified triolet form, the collection is essentially an ekphrastic epic inspired by the paintings, photos, and personal effects on display in a 2015 Fort Lauderdale exhibition. Gibson probes the artist’s inner world, giving voice to Kahlo’s desires, anguish, and defiant spirit. He conjures her crippling injuries from a bus accident, her tumultuous marriage to Diego Rivera, and her affairs with Leon Trotsky and others, all filtered through her fervent art. This innovative collection brings Frida Kahlo’s singular vision to life in visceral contemporary verse.
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