From Homer to Starbucks, a look at sirens and mermaids and feminism and consumerism.
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"What started as a small sequence of poems about the Starbucks logo grew to monstrous proportions after the poet fell under a siren spell herself. All Day I Dream About Sirens is both an ancient reverie and a screen-induced stupor as these poems reckon with the enduring cultural fascination with siren and mermaid narratives as they span geographies, economies, and generations, chronicling and reconfiguring the male-centered epic and women's bodies and subjectivities."
The incredible Matthea Harvey, whose mermaid poems from If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? were a huge inspiration, had this to say:
Domenica Martinello’s “All Day I Dream About Sirens,” as its title advertises, blends marketing and mythology (“luxury in thread counts / in picking up the threads / of time)”. Poems about Parthenope, Melusine and the Sirens alternate with dissections of Disney and the mermaid-like creature found on a Starbucks cup of coffee. In this mishmash world, “The sun hangs in the sky like a logo” and “AquaMermaid classes rock suburbs,” where “‘it’s all about the tail, fitness and fantasy wise.’” She writes, “Have you ever tried / to profit from the tides? / It’s now almost impossible / to coax myths from the blue / patterned fabric of the world.” Almost. Somehow Martinello manages this and more.
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Poet. Chapbook: Interzones (2015). Currently: All Day I Dream About Sirens (2019).