When I was a little girl, I went to the Museum of Modern Art and saw scary strange paintings. A huge green face looked at a creepy cow, and figures screamed breasts as they hung out of dresses. I hid my eyes.
Then I opened them.
Who’s THAT? I said. The Lady with the Monkey?
Frida Kahlo, said my mother, and then she smiled. Isn’t this picture marvelously strange?
My mother was marvelously strange, as was her mother – a former ballet-dancer, sometime exotic dancer, down-on-her-luck Russian princess.
I loved and continue to love the marvelously strange women. It was that visit to MOMA with MOM that made me realize how wonderful strange women are.
As I surf the web, I see Frida and her monkey everywhere — inspiring more marvelous strangeness in women and in all artists connected to the kinky, queer, kind feminine.
Happy Birthday Frida from all of us here in Magically Real!
Love and hugs –
Published by Stephanie Barbé Hammer
Stephanie Barbé Hammer is a magical realist prose fiction writer, novelist, occasional essayist, and a committed, intermittent poet, as well as a passionate instructor of writing. A 7-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize she has published work in Hayden's Ferry, Pearl, CRATE, Rhapsoidia, NYCBigCityLit, the East Jasmine Review, Apeiron, Inlandia, Literary Alchemy and the Bellevue Literary Review among other places. She is the author the fabulist novel THE PUPPET TURNERS OF NARROW INTERIOR (Urban Farmhouse Press), a novelette, RESCUE PLAN (Bamboo Dart Press), a prose poem chapbook collection, SEX WITH BUILDINGS (dancing girl press), and a poetry collection, HOW FORMAL (Spout Hill Press).
Stephanie's new novel PRETEND PLUMBER is available for order from your favorite bookstore, and her poetry chapbook CITY SLICKER appeared in July 2022. Stay tuned for her novella, JOURNEY TO MERVEILLEUX CITY, coming out in 2023!
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2 thoughts on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIDA KAHLO!”
Nicely said! bravo for Frida Kahlo!
Indeed, Molly bot! Thanks for posting! (-: