Carmine Lullabies

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“No half-self remains indifferent,” Marilena Zackheos writes in “Venus de Milo,” and Carmine Lullabies offers a series of vexed, nocturnal berceuse to the partial, chimerical, and mythic selves that inhabit bodies, particularly the bodies of women. By turns worldly and vulnerable, terrified and terrifying, scarified and tattooed, there is no topic—suicide, murder, prostitution, sado-masochism, gender—beyond the pale of Zackheos’s unflinching voice. To paraphrase Emily Dickinson, she deals her pretty words like blades. The intent of these primal lullabies is not to lull us but to awaken us to the truth that, however melancholy and broken we may be, “the remainder is heavy and dense as love.”

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNicosia
PublisherA Bookworm Publication
Number of pages65
ISBN (Print)978-9963-2055-7-8
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2016


  • Poetry
  • Literary form
  • Creative writing
  • Women
  • Gender
  • Literature
  • Cypriot writers
  • Anglophone


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