An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge :
Original Title: “La rivière du hibou” – France (1969)
Based on the short story by Ambrose Bierce.
– reviewed by Kirbee Veroneau
Carolina Morales’ fourth chapbook, Attack of the 50 foot Woman and other poems (Finishing Line Press), is nothing short of captivating. It contains themes attached to the horror film and TV show genre, including Bewitched, The Addams Family, The Blob, King Kong, and many more. The poems really hone in on the normalcy of horror, especially that which can be found in American families. The monsters highlight the horror found within daily life and serve as a catalyst for reflection about our own lives and the very real-life monsters found within American society.
In this snippet of “Attack of the 50 foot Woman” Morales seamlessly intertwines the horrific contents from the big screen with those that can be found within the home.
We drove that night from the theatre’s
gate to our own home slate where
fractured plates, pots and pans and flying
saucers whirled as our mother’s rage played
out against our father’s womanizing forays,
my siblings and I stumbling to hide
like bystanders trapped in the giantess’s path.
And though a future would lead me
through the front door, full-grown at a mere
five feet, a tallying mind, heart ticking
revenge, hands armed with paper and pen
would multiply my heft by ten.
Taking a real-life family situation and coalescing it into the grotesque only serves to show us just how horrific real, American society can be.
With just the right amount of spookiness, the mesmerizing worlds that Morales has created and expanded upon, along with her clever wording, left me wanting more. The use of nightmarish creatures such as zombies, banshees, and boogeymen coupled with the creative ingenuity and the relatable way in which Morales intertwines the two is used to create something horrific…in a most ingenious way.
Aside from the three previous chapbooks she has authored, Bride of Frankenstein and other poems (2008), In Nancy Drew’s Shadow (2010), andDear Monster (2012), Morales has also been nominated for three Pushcart prizes and written two plays. In addition to this, her poem, “Bewitched” can be found in volume five of Turks Head Review.