Frida Kahlo in Fort Lauderdale: Poems

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About the Author

Stephen Gibson is Bicentennial Chair in Research Methods and Director of Doctoral Programmes in the School of Social Sciences, Heriot Watt University. He is a social psychologist with research interests in obedience and social influence, identity and citizenship, and representations of peace and conflict. In addition, he has been involved in numerous projects concerning the teaching of qualitative research methods. Between 2008 and 2011 he was chair of the TQRMUL group, and is co-editor (with Simon Mollan) of the volume Representations of Peace and Conflict (Palgrave, 2012).


In this book of incantations Stephen Gibson says, "What one loathes and desires can be the same thing," and those two strands weave through these poems like a double helix of beauty and repulsion. The trolley accident that impaled Kahlo comes up over and over, and each time there is a new layer added to the story in much the same way a painter adds layers to a portrait. These are poems, but they are also music and paintings that give the lucky reader a luminous vision of this woman who forged a life of beauty out of the wreck of her pain.

- Barbara Hamby, author of Holoholo

Frida Kahlo in Fort Lauderdale is composed entirely of triolets about the artist and her paintings. The overall effect is akin to pointillism: the collection's fifty-seven triolets blend in the reader's consciousness much as the tiny dots of various colors in a pointillist painting blend in a viewer's eye to form a coherent image. In this case, the image is of Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter known for her many portraits and self-portraits. Gibson-brilliant as always in his mastery of formal poetic structures-has crafted a portrait of Kahlo that reads as a single long poem, and yet resonates in the mind as something painterly, a shimmering, vibrant portrait of an artist.

- Edward Falco, author of Wolf Moon Blood Moon

These punchy little poems rat-a-tat the reader like a boxer's jab-cross-uppercut. The immediate subject is Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's bughouse marriage, but this is really a book for everyone. Even the happiest of married couples will react with some version of been there, done that. Divorce lawyers will get dollar signs in their eyes. Young singles will find Frida Kahlo in Fort Lauderdale a useful road map through the minefield of conjugal bliss. Mainly, though, these poems are for poetry lovers. They're smart, they're funny, and they sting like hell-they sting you in a way that makes you say, sting me again.

- David Kirby, author of Help Me, Information