A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony
A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony is a poetic operatic adult fairytale collaboration of three poets writing in three different, distinct styles. We tell the story of three troubled characters, two rival ballerinas (one who will become The Doll, one who wishes to be The Firebird.) Then they meet a wizard/art collector of tiny things, in particular a spectacular dollhouse. Things become magical, and all of their worlds become larger and also very small.
a collaboration by Kristin Garth, Tianna G. Hansen, and Justin Karcher
"Sometimes daydream, sometimes nightmare, sometimes three-part harmony, A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony by Kristin Garth, Tianna G. Hansen, and Justin Karcher is an all-time tour de force. The combination of these three poets’ voices is enthralling in all the best ways. Together, they bring us solace, they bring us fire, and they bring us “wet pillow dreams” to guide us through this aria of form and vision. It’s easy to get lost in their dance, or magic, or rooms with black velvet and werewolves, easy to forget life is at stake on every page, in every line. These poems, though, remind us page by page that even the tiniest of houses has a thousand places to hide, and to be found; they show us a thousand ways to set it all aflame. Best of all, these poems do the hard work 'to make the goodness last.'"
—Jack B. Bedell, Poet Laureate, State of Louisiana, 2017-2019
"A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony is written by a trifecta of talented poets who have created an intriguing, original work. This is a stunning fever dream, set in an urban wasteland full of boozy magic-drenched parties and sociopaths who are able to use magic to make the world a much worse place than it already is. It’s about female rivalry. It’s about male desire to possess. It’s about the perception of perfection, as well as the effects of trauma. I’ve never read anything quite like it, but it’s positively spellbinding."
"A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony by Kristin Garth, Tianna Hansen, and Justin Karcher is a tale full of magic, fire, and horror. Truly the stuff of nightmares, the idea for this collection was born from a dark dream of poet Kristin Garth’s who then enlisted poets Tianna Hansen and Justin Karcher and illustrator Russ Daum to help her bring the story to life. This dark fantasy opera is told through three distinct poetic voices: The Doll (Garth), The Firebird (Hansen) and the Wizard (Karcher). Their voices stand alone, both in style and in character, but weave together to create something entirely new. ... This book has given me so much to chew on, and I’ve read and re-read it trying my best to describe the depth and breadth managed by these three talented writers. Collaborative projects can be hard to navigate for both writers and readers alike, but here I found the differences in style and substance became a strength. It has left me contemplating what is left when we do not trust ourselves, what secrets we hold and how they shape us, and what it means when we decide to change our own stories."
— Catherine Garbinsky,
author of all spells are strong here (Ghost City Press)
and even curses end (Animal Heart Press)