Mythology for the Soul: The Collected Poems of Storm De Hirsch
Storm De Hirsch began publishing poetry and art criticism in American magazines in the 1950s. Her poetry was on the periphery of the East Coast Beat movement, engaging punctuative declarations, onomatopoeia, chorus repetitions and sensual, ornithological and Cabalistic imagery. De Hirsch’s poems are shamanistic, bearing properties of the magic ritual and incantation, and her mysticism as well as her passions for new forms led her in the visionary direction of the New American Cinema. In underground film, De Hirsch recognized a new form for poetry, and the films that she made between 1962 and 1975 reflect this sensibility. She referred to some of these films as ‘cine-songs’ or ‘cine-sonnets’.
Mythology for the Soul collects De Hirsch’s two existing collections, Alleh Lulleh Cockatoo (1956) and Twilight Massacre (1965), along with previously uncollected published in little magazines and community newspapers (Microscope Gallery).
Edited by Stephen Broomer
Published by Sightline Editions
Paperback / 9″ x 6″ / 158 pages