Unfairy Tales from Underland is exactly what the name implies; it is a trip through the spiral staircase of an ancient soul unfolding her memories in technicolor truth. Victoria Selene Skye Deme is a mad hatter with a magic pen that never stops moving. She dips into the paints of mythology, science, pop culture, and religion, and somehow, comes out with works of art with a theme of hope, that there is always hope. Her writing has the layers of an eternal onion, she allows the reader to choose how many layers they would like to reveal. She realizes that once we acknowledge truth, there is no going back. Pan's Unpuzzled Puzzle Girl is a sharp jab at society and what the masses want. Everyone wants the story without getting their hands dirty. If the description is nicely dressed up there is no need to take responsibility or action, just sit back and watch the show at the lion's den.
Girl Who Stripped Skin From Unfairy Tales transports the reader back into those bedside stories that were better off left in a closed book. She eludes to the taboo of incest and how it strips childhood away.
Nereid's Prayer is a deconstruction of a familiar children's rhyme turned into a little girl's made up world and hope for better days. Low Lying Clouds In A Pearl Covered Skye is a peek into a world ruled by men. An apathetic shrug of the shoulder towards life, death and childhood when you were a female in that day and age. This is another page stolen from Selene's book of childhood.
In The Garden Of Her Bones, Shake and Bake, Pocket Watch and Thimbleful Of Thumbelina are heartbreaking writes of a young girl being abused while taking solace in make believe.
Dragonfly is a touching 911 tribute seen through the author's stained glass eyes.
There are poems that show the softer side of love with a tender heart. Children Caution: Do Not Over Saturate is a wise love story to mothers and to children. Casualty of Blue Eyes and Little Boy Blue are love stories that don't have the classic happy ending.
Notes From Underland and Unfolding the Origami are examples of dealing with reality and being self- aware as to not sink into an emotional well. Some days simply are, and then we move on.
Subjects such as rape and anorexia are brought into light as she does not play the victim, she is the hero of her story. Selene is an inspiration to women of all ages. Young women need to read Selene's words, poems such as, Grasshopper Girl, the Living Art of Self Consumption and Scream let the reader know that someone else has walked in their shoes and there is a way out. Undressing Beauty and She are windows of escape from the patriarchal society. They celebrate women rising above adversity and not only living, but thriving.
She writes her own mini autobiography with Kissing Butterflies that draws the reader in deeper to the crazy daisy life of which Ms. Deme has led. Her hip hop steps and cleverness elude to the harshness of the world and her way through.
A theme throughout this book is hope. No pretty packages wrapped in bows will be found here, only solace in being able to tell your own story and not be ashamed. Somehow coming out even stronger than you ever thought possible with a hell of an attitude.
Unfairy TalesFrom Underland spells out each painful moment growing up, her hip hop steps and cleverness elude to the harshness of the world and her way through. She leads us into her fray, from infancy, to present day pop culture. Hang on tight as you delve into dark subject matters colored in Selene's cherry on top kind of attitude. Selene writes of her life for her life.
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