Cute Girls Watch When I Eat Aether
by Maria Hardin

ISBN: 978-0-900575-20-4 | 75 pages | $18.00 | Release Date: April 15, 2024

the once was i caw & claw
& coo i am dead
spectre of the young-girl tethered
to the promise of a life”

Cute Girls Watch When I Eat Aether, the hallucinatory debut by artist-poet Maria Hardin, teems with sonic roses and orchid-birthing bodies. A member of Hekseskolen (“The Witch School”), Hardin draws on the twin fascinations of magic and visual art to craft sick sonnets as powerful as spells. Infected, inflamed, and gorging on language, this Anthropo-scenic collection manages to be both Baroque and utterly contemporary, ornate and slangy, a clutch of contagious eco-shockers guaranteed to make you weep.

Praise for Cute Girls Watch When I Eat Aether

Sublimely minimal and ecological like a womb’s pulse, Cute Girls Watch When I Eat Aether is sensually fecundating. Maria Hardin’s work is fresh, rich with verve, vim, and tautological and alliterated playfulness.

— Vi Khi Nao, author of War Is Not My Mother

About the Author

Maria Hardin is a Swedish-American artist and bilingual poet based in Stockholm. She has an MFA in Fine Arts from HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited across Scandinavia, and her writing has been published in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Greece, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States of America. Cute Girls Watch When I Eat Aether is her debut poetry collection.