Hysteria: A Collection of Madness Kindle Edition
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[Example] "I first met Hysteria a year ago...her lips were painted with dried blood and she rubbed her hands together like Lady Macbeth as if she’d already committed the crime without me...Hysteria showed me the truth about people, and more importantly, she showed me what they were capable of." ~ from the Author’s Note
There is nothing ordinary about Wytovich’s collection of poetry. As Michael Arnzen states in his introduction, it is her “unblinking treatment of a woman’s broken psyche. Her title is a sign of her overarching purpose: to reclaim the term “hysteria” and to use it as a way to explore a woman’s madness through the lens of horror.”
With the turn of each page, you will find yourself involuntarily shuffling down the corridors of the asylum which inspired these ruminations on the darkest and most original horror of all: madness. There are things around every corner you will not want to see; and yet are bound by an almost hypnotic need to know what transpires behind the padded doors which confine these pained souls. Or maybe it’s Hysteria herself, guiding you from room to room with a knife against the nape of your neck, insistent that you witness these snapshots of lunacy.
Wytovich’s exquisite grip on the language and ability to structure her poems with a lyrical quality evokes an unsettling grace with each piece. In all its insanity, we find macabre beauty in pieces like “Bathory”: Her hair cascaded/Down her back/In a flight of ravens/Against milk-white flesh/Bloodied from her/Midnight suitor.
One of her biggest triumphs with this collection is assuming the identities of her “patients” with such ease. The themes Wytovich fearlessly conquers here stretch from rape to murder, self-harm to suicide, over-medication to isolation, death by electrocution to necrophilia, sadism to shame. Some of my many favorites include “Flower, “Baby Bump”, “Body Suit”, “Guardian Angel”, “The Necklace”, and “Unravel”.
This is a noteworthy debut, and likely a modest precursor for things to come from a talent as dedicated to the craft as Wytovich. Bravo to both author and muse.
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Wytovich is a gifted poet with a bright (or maybe dark?!) future ahead of her. I look forward to her next project.
HYSTERIA is a collection of immense talent and promise. Highly recommended.