As we float on in our separate berths aboard this doomed vessel called America, 'Sea Queens' is both a welcome escape and a perfect metaphor for this moment. Moby Dick’s flamboyant tart of a sister; this well-researched, beautifully formatted, 149-page epic comes replete with songs, intertextual mermaid stories, and even a recipe! But where Melville’s success is based on his willingness to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the theme, Fonseca thrills with her economy. Like of a good smack, the sweetness of the sting is secured in its brevity. Prepare to be haunted by the poignant details; a woman’s love for her great dane, the physical tenderness between friends, the psychology of a closeted war-monger aching for his mother, or the bliss found within fleshy folds of a voluptuous lover. 'Sea Queens' is self-published by Everyfemme Press, a welcome endeavor filling a gap in the media landscape. If, as Angela Davis urges, it is time for us to make our demands clear, I want a world where Sarah Fonseca tells us what to read, what to watch, and provides many more original texts.
FILMMAKER, THE LADIES ALMANACK
In spring 1912, Major Archibald Butt dreads returning to a Washington that esteems political theatre over effective but unexciting solutions. With Thomas Francis McCaffrey serving as their fearless leader, globetrotters Thomson Beattie and John Hugo Ross struggle to keep up with the middle-aged Canadian they deeply revere. With a flock of French hens in tow, New York society ladies Ella White and Marie Grice Young fight to recall the qualities in one another with which they fell in love.
Sea Queens probes world history, nautical lore, and the queer imaginary to revive the fay and fanciful passengers who boarded the RMS Titanic on Wednesday, April 10, 1912 for her first—and final—journey.
132 pages, digital edition.
During June, 50% of profits from the novella and its respective bundles will be directed to SAGE.
Cover art courtesy Maria Ylvisaker.
© 2020 | Headshot courtesy Daniel Graindorge, 2015