About Me

East Bay Poet. / Sara Larsen is a poet and writer living in Oakland, CA. Her newest book is a polyvocal exploration of punk and poetics, The Riot Grrrl Thing (Roof, 2019). Previous books include Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016), and All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of several chapbooks including Our Ladies, Riot Cops En Route To Troy, The Hallucinated, among others.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

My full-length book Merry Hell from Atelos Press is out in the world. You can order your copy from Small Press Distribution here!

http://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781891190384/merry-hell.aspx

In MERRY HELL, Helen of Troy exposes the "misogynist spell" of the traditional (patriarchal) narrative that condemns her for the horrors of the Trojan War and insists "LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE TRUTH OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME". As it happened, Helen is neither abducted by nor runs off in love with Paris, but rejects Empire and leaves Sparta of her own volition. Helen's story, a heroine's journey, is interwoven with circumstances surrounding the P├ętroleuse, or women incendiaries, of the 1871 Paris Commune as well as those of Occupy Oakland. As Ezra Pound states, "All eras are contemporaneous in the mind." 

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