Carolyn Smart, a confessional poet by trade, adjusts her biographical focus in Hooked to explore the poetic potential of history. In a series of dramatic monologues, Smart resurrects the spectres of seven infamous women. Writers Carson McCullers, Elizabeth Smart and Jane Bowles, socialites Unity Mitford and Zelda Fitzgerald, painter Dora Carrington, and serial killer Myra Hindley populate Smart’s collection of curious personae. Deploying these lives as a poetic playground, Smart tests a multitude of voices and ruminates on the nature of obsession and creation. Her characters exhume family history, adolescent memories, and romantic infatuations to trace their dual trajectories— ascensions to notoriety and tragic descents.
Published by Brick Books