Cover Artist: Claudia Ianniciello
Logo & Cover Design: Tim Daniel
Publisher: A Wave Blue World
Poetry and sequential art make sense together. Whether you are a fan of verse or you find it hard to connect to, exploring it in comic form makes the genre more digestible. Pairing poetry with art also highlights the imagery in a fuller way, which is where A Wave Blue World’s poetry anthology Embodied finds its greatest success.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of poetry, but the use of art gave me a new perspective on what each poet was saying. Some entries felt incredibly personal, and with the art illustrating both the actual words and the unsaid meanings underneath, the force of each piece was even greater and more impactful.
One that stood out to me, in particular, was “Good Bones” by Maggie Smith , with art by Carola Borelli letters by Cardinal Rae. As someone with two small children, I was able to put myself in the narrator’s shoes. The world is a scary place, and having two small kids in a pandemic and coming off one of the most dangerous administrations in our country’s history sure isn’t easy. Trying to explain what was happening without becoming crazed was tricky, especially when I felt like everything around me was in crisis. But the world does have “good bones,” and teaching that goodness is the only way to not completely descend into madness. There’s always hope that things will get better.
Published by A Wave Blue World, Embodied is slated to release on May 5. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the International Women’s Health Coalition.