A Perfect Circle Rimmed With Gold
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In Virginia Woolf’s essay on the Victorian phantom known as the Angel in the House (borrowed from Coventry Patmore’s poem celebrating domestic bliss) she wrote, “It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.” A Perfect Circle Rimmed With Gold is a long-form poem that addresses the question of how a woman may not kill the many spirits haunting her domestic space, but reconcile and learn from them through love and hospitality. In a series of vignettes revolving around a dinner party meets séance, the Hostess and her Beloved entertain a series of former lovers in the form of unruly, sometimes drunken ghosts. Examinations of our relationship to rituals and to our own past are put into parallel. A spirit board communicates and interjects throughout, eventually taking over the gathering to speak as a Greek chorus between courses. Sacrificial spiders lurk in corners of a great reckoning. It is an exorcism as an attempt to love—unabashedly and completely. A Perfect Circle plays upon images of hauntings, bodies, ritual, food, and all of the associations those things have within ourselves as human beings.