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feral-ballad · 8 days
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Julia Armfield, from Salt Slow; “Cassandra After”
[Text ID: “she was a gentle sort of horror;”]
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sinligh · 5 months
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Between sage and turquoise All the history that she was a shade of blue. that no one knew
And I can’t help but fantasize.
A safer place for her to bloom And another day where they leave her alone
Marigolds and Violets precarious and, like the molten under She was born with an inner core of rage…
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She’s angry and it’s justified. Her mother told her she was born silent refusing to take her first breathe voluntarily She’s everything that contradicts the worthlessness of this world
Unadulterated.
She knew this is no place for her Since the beginning yet, she’s here.
Unapologetic.
"Perhaps cherries look violent in the sunlight [You are all honey and rage]”
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skin blushing with melancholy, bruised with discomfort Colored with the same palette that created the universe
She’s a sky that’s gone mad With the colors of sunset she’s the end of the day
Not a body, not a soul,
Just a bundle of tangled emotions spiraling and splashing their colors everywhere.
Almost like a splattered brain…
“ A gentle sort of horror”
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But, what does it take to end her story? Courage.
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Quotes: Sylvia Plath/Yvor Winters/Pablo Neruda/Fyodor Dostoevsky/Oscar Wilde/Julia Armfield/Euripides
Original context: Sinligh
Art reference:
1. "Eugene de Blaas, A Young Woman with Veil detail, ca. 1880-1910. 2.mary magdalene, francesco hayez 3.Detail: Herodias, 1843, by Paul Delaroche. 4. By Henrik Uldalen. 5. Painting by robin isley. 6.Penitent Magdalene" by Domenico Tintoretto (1598-1602).
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notpikaman · 9 hours
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lillianna74 · 1 month
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She was a gentle sort of horror.
~Julia Armfield
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lesbianmarrow · 3 months
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I’ve been thinking about lesbians and the water lately, which is very fashionable of me. It’s a combination of topics enjoying a moment in film and in literature; queer women cast out upon the ocean, struggling up from the shallow ends of swimming pools. In doing the promotion rounds for my novel, Our Wives Under the Sea (which has been out in the UK since March), a not inconsiderable number of people have taken the time at events and in interviews to ask me essentially the same question, vis: what is it with these lesbians and why are they all so wet?
Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield is available via Flatiron Books.
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fleurlungs · 7 months
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“The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness. Things can thrive in unimaginable conditions. All they need is the right sort of skin.”
— Our Wives Under The Sea, Julia Armfield
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bangbangwhoa · 4 months
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books I’ve read in 2022 📖 no. 083
Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
“The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness.
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notpikaman · 9 hours
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brightandshiney · 2 months
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Our Wives Under the Sea // Julia Armfield
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sapphicbookoftheday · 23 days
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Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
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Today's sapphic book of the day is Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield!
Summary: "Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep-sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah is not the same. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floor, Leah has brought part of it back with her, onto dry land and into their home.
Moving through something that only resembles normal life, Miri comes to realize that the life that they had before might be gone. Though Leah is still there, Miri can feel the woman she loves slipping from her grasp.
Our Wives Under The Sea is the debut novel from Julia Armfield, the critically acclaimed author of salt slow. It’s a story of falling in love, loss, grief, and what life there is in the deep deep sea."
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lgbtqreads · 2 months
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Fave Five: New Queer Adult Horror
Fave Five: New Queer Adult Horror
What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher No Gods for Drowning by Hailey Piper Manhunt by Gretchen Felker-Martin The Wicked and the Willing by Lianyu Tan Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield
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the-final-sentence · 3 months
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I know all this, and I know that as my head cleared, finally, of everything, sunken thoughts receding with the thing that we had left below, I thought to myself Miri Miri Miri and I waited for the ocean to end.
Julia Armfield, from Our Wives Under the Sea
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feral-ballad · 8 days
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In the midst of all these haunted people, she sat alone, without a ghost yet longing for one, her writing like a clasp of fingers around empty air.
Julia Armfield, from Salt Slow; “The Great Awake”
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phaedraismyusername · 3 months
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Ma'am we are only on the third page of this book
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virgilean · 8 months
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Books Read in 2022: Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia Armfield
“When I was younger, I think some glib or cavalier part of me always believed that there was no such thing as heartache - that it was simply a case of things getting in past the ribcage and finding there was no way out. I know now, of course, that this was a stupid thing to think, in so far as most things we believe will turn out to be ridiculous in the end.”
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itcannothold · 6 months
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new Julia Armfield short story! 
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sin-eaters · 7 months
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At the age of thirteen, she had conceived a particular passion for Saint Ludwina, a Dutch mystic partially paralysed after breaking her rib in a fall on the ice. This fall, so a teenaged Jelka had read with the breathlessness that accompanies a crush, precipitated a lifetime of physical hardship, from gangrene and bleeding from the nose and mouth, to parts of the body falling off, to blindness and even stigmata. My favourite part of the story, she told me, was that she fasted. She was in so much pain, bits of her skin coming away, pieces of her body, and she was still so devout that she fasted for God. I was a bloodthirsty little bitch when you think about it. I loved that so much. I read this book once that said that all she ate were apples and dates and all she drank was salt water.
Julia Armfield, Our Wives Under the Sea
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