Poetry. AN INSOMNIAC'S SLUMBER PARTY WITH MARILYN MONROE is a middle-of-the-night poetic conversation with Marilyn Monroe that explores obsessions, addictions, abuse, objectification, marriage, work, children, childlessness and death. Pressing on the themes of her acclaimed debut, GIVE A GIRL CHAOS, Seaborn illuminates the biographical and emotional journey of Marilyn as intimacies whispered between two women. These are women who have lived "on the glittering edge" and know that when a third husband "draws a blank page from his typewriter," it means she needs to go to work in a world dominated by men. In AN INSOMNIAC'S SLUMBER PARTY WITH MARILYN MONROE, Marilyn is a resilient, intelligent feminist who understands how to accumulate and wield power in the 1950's. She is also vulnerable, exploited, and broken in so many ways. We see the speaker discover Marilyn until "then she is everywhere," a haunting presence that becomes both muse and reflection. Seaborn invites us into the poetic soul of the world's most famous woman with poems that celebrate and mourn. AN INSOMNIAC'S SLUMBER PARTY WITH MARILYN MONROE is a sequined meditation on what keeps us up at night and what fills our dreams.
Heidi Seaborn is author of the acclaimed GIVE A GIRL CHAOS (Mastodon Publishing, 2019) and Comstock Chapbook 2020 prize winning Bite Marks. She's won or been shortlisted for dozens of awards and her work has been widely published. She's the Executive Editor of The Adroit Journal.Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA