Paper Based Bookshop Advent Calendar Day 21

Written by Keir Alekseii Roopnarine for Paper Based Bookshop on Monday, December 23rd, 2019

The collection embodies the title. Whether we are mad (free-spirited), crazy (victimized) or insane (fed-up), McCallum's Madwoman has a poem for us. They remind me of skin in varying conditions: some are brittle and dry, others are soft and fleshy while a few are sweaty the way only tropical humidity can make you greasy-greasy. No matter what, they all mad. They all celebrate women who are just too much for someone/thing, while acknowledging a history of colonialism and colourism without losing sight of the *woman* at core of each poem.