Matthea Harvey’s “If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?” Combines Poetry With Visual Art
In Matthea Harvey’s poetry collection If the Tabloids Are True What Are You, she uses whimsical fantasy, full-color photographs, and artwork to accentuate her lyrical prose.
Harvey’s playful artwork and poetry deconstructs the usual male fantasy of mermaids as half woman, half fish and instead introduces creatures who are half appliances instead. By creating such fantastical monsters, her poetry highlights the strength of women, as some of the hybrids have a gun, a wrench, or even a surge protector instead of legs. Also, Harvey uses traditional masculine appliances to warn her readers that her mermaids are no less dangerous than the ones found in folklore, only this time their lethality is readily apparent.
If the Tabloids Are True What Are You is a playful and utterly bizarre poetical romp through a looking glass that will confuse and amuse Harvey’s readers as they join her for this latest artistic ride.