La Belle Dame Avec Les Mains Vertes


A poem by Evangeline Riddiford Graham
Published July 2019
Edition of 120
ISBN 978–0–9951251–0–0

The future’s a disaster. Everyone knows it’s time to get proofing. But you, you’re out of energy to bolt down the bookshelf. You can’t afford a carbon-neutral kitchen. Balance the math & trash the books: you won’t ever have a house. You little worm. Do you really think you deserve your own bedroom? Fear not! If you can’t afford to be part of the problem, you can still buy into the compromise. La Belle Dame avec les Mains Vertes offers a solution for your every civic grievance. Set down in writing, made in New Zealand, one last blast of arts & crafts. La Belle Dame sees your plaint, & raises it. Would you like to register a charge, or a lamentation?

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Evangeline Riddiford Graham is an artist and writer from Whakatū Nelson. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Ginesthoi (hard press, 2017), and her writing has been published in journals including Minarets, Sport, un magazine, and takahē. Evangeline’s recent exhibitions include solo shows La belle dame avec les mains vertes (Rm Gallery, 2018) and Look Out, Fred! (Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2017); her recent group exhibitions include Wax Tablet (Te Tuhi, 2019). She currently lives in New York City, where she is pursuing an MFA at The New School.