A View from the Phantasmagoria
Haunts, Hexes, Healing
A collection of paranormal poems exploring life with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a very real and severe condition that haunts an estimated 1 in 20 women and afab individuals, whether they know its name or not.
These pieces take us in their spectral hands, and lead us through the phantasmagoria – including lonely ghosts, rage-fueled poltergeists, duels with demon outlaws, healing rituals, déjà vu, sex, and survival, among other glimpses of horror and beauty.
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A percentage of proceeds ($2 from each sale) of this book will be donated to organizations and projects such as IAPMD (International Association for Premenstrual Disorders) and Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible, that work to spread awareness and provide support for those who live with PMDD/premenstrual disorders.
Thank you for your support.
International Association For Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) - www.iapmd.org - IAPMD is an international, non-profit organisation providing support and resources for anyone impacted by the core premenstrual disorders: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders.
Vicious Cycle: Making PMDD Visible - www.viciouscyclepmdd.com - Vicious Cycle is a global, patient-led PMDD awareness project aiming to raise awareness of PMDD in both the general public and amongst health care professionals.
"The word ‘phantasmagoria’ is defined as a sequence of real or imaginary images, like those seen in a dream. Kate Garrett’s A View from Phantasmagoria: Haunts, Hexes, Healing brings heartbreaking realization that these ‘real or imagined’ images appear to Garrett in moments following extreme anguish. This pain, afflicted by premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, affects her understanding, confidence, and presentation of her ‘self’. Garrett adheres to the press’s mission statement, crafting her trauma into beautiful, melancholy art. With a masterful use of language, Garrett illustrates the isolation and loneliness of pain. With precise and forlorn expression, she bares these intimate moments for all to see; and it is with this willingness to share that she acts in solidarity with other womxn who may be suffering in silence. Ultimately, she “lets the light in, breaks the gloom” and proves that even after the harshest winter, spring will always come."
- Keana Aguila Labra, Editor-in-Chief of Marias at Sampaguitas
"'Decades harden, bless us with the wisdom of the damned…I know the drumbeat of hell-steed hooves will troop over the horizon, but this time I am watching for the omens, waiting for the hollow call of wind through a cavern mouth,' Kate Garrett says in A View from the Phantasmagoria. When your body betrays you, what do you have left? How do you pick up the pieces? Garrett presents the answer—you stop hiding behind a mask, and reveal your pain. This book is a spell, a lush dream, weaving its way around the reader, keeping you in its thrall. A View from the Phantasmagoria is about how pain shapes us—and ultimately makes us stronger."
- Jessica Drake-Thomas, author of Burials
"What is magic if not the craft of assembling words into spells that transform reality? And what is poetry if not magic? In this collection, Garrett proves the poet, the magician, and the necromancer are all the same as she transfigures the exquisite trauma of her body—the violence it has leveled on herself and others—into the fullest splendor of the gorgeous and the grotesque. As she wrestles horrors that manifest in a pantheon of supernatural beings, she can never fully exorcise the phantoms, but we’re reminded “one sip lets the light in.” She stares down the devils and emerges on the other side, unbroken. Gather yourself readers; you’re stepping into a new world. Prepare yourself to be transported and transformed."
- Armin Tolentino, author of We Meant to Bring it Home Alive
"Kate Garrett opens her book, A View from the Phantasmagoria, by marching right up to some sticky near-clichés and proceeding to turn them into a vibrantly glorious mess oftentimes confronting traditional perceptions of gender constructs, particularly when it comes to the body. Examining feminine paradigms and societal ideals oftentimes through the guise of biblical, gothic, mythological references with relentlessly spectacular imagery, Garrett destroys the reader’s need to breathe repeatedly. The deeper one goes in this collection, the more twisted and jarring the language becomes, ending on a beautiful, personal note that everyone should read. Please be prepared to be utterly gutted by this majestic manuscript."
- KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ
"Have you ever wondered what it was like to be haunted by yourself? Kate Garrett’s A View from the Phantasmagoria maps it all out in sparkling gems and bone, plucked feathers and aching years. Through her words, you’ll meet devils, demons, and your own ghost. While there are spirits and nightmares that will satisfy fans of her known ethereal work, these multi-layered pieces are like peeling away a very deliberately crafted mask to find the haunted creature beneath. This is my favorite collection of Garrett’s to date - it’s her most intense, fascinating, and searing work."
- December Lace
'I am the poltergeist who haunts us both' - Kissing Dynamite, Issue 3
'Refuse' - Blanket Sea
'He says no to déjà vu but I’ve heard it all before' - Amethyst Review
'Lilith as my indignant self-possession' - Tiny Flames Press
'A view from the phantasmagoria' - Impossible Archetype, Issue 7
About the Author
Kate Garrett is a writer, witch, mama, and drummer who sometimes haunts 450-year-old houses (as a heritage volunteer). She is a contributing writer and reader for Pussy Magic, and Magical Editor of Mookychick magazine. Her work is widely published online and in print, has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, four times nominated for Best of the Net, and longlisted for a Saboteur Award. She is the author of several pamphlets, most recently To Feed My Woodland Bones (Animal Heart Press, 2019) and one full-length collection, The saint of milk and flames (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2019). Her next chapbook, A View from the Phantasmagoria, is due out in October 2020 from Rhythm & Bones Press, and her historical fiction collection Hart & Halfpenny will be published by TwistiT Press in March 2021. Kate was born and raised in rural southern Ohio, but moved to the UK in 1999, where she lives halfway up a hillside in Sheffield, South Yorkshire with her husband, five children, and a sleepy cat. Find more at www.kategarrettwrites.co.uk