Relying On That Body | Matthew Stepanic | Chapbook
On the stage and on the page, spoken word poet Marina Reid Hale is an open book. She lays her pale, tattooed skin bare as she honestly explores the personal details of her complex relationships, bravely sharing even the most embarrassing or painful memories. Puns abound in quirkily sexy poems, while family ties are rubbed raw with her salt and lemon-juice words. Don’t be tricked by the title—Hale’s queering of heteronormative spaces can help anyone discover new ways of imagining all the forms of love we encounter. Find comfort in her authentic poems, which, like a vicious cycle of salsa and chips, will leave you craving a return to the beginning.
An Edmonton spoken word writer, performer, and educator, Marina Reid Hale spends her time competing in poetry slams, leading writing workshops, and working at the family wig shop. She has represented Edmonton in two national poetry competitions; created a one-woman spoken word poetry show, Monster Girl, for NextFest 2015; was a part of the initial #yegwords coffee sleeve project; and is the creator of the Giant Fridge Magnet Poetry art installation. Marina once won a trophy for her terrible, angsty teen poetry, and it remains one of her proudest moments. This is her first book.