“Singing the Soul Electric” by Martina Dominique Dansereau


Part yearning poems about all kinds of love, part ruminations about mental illness, Singing the Soul Electric is a book of poetry that explores mental health and relationships and the impact they have on each other, particularly through the lens of Borderline Personality Disorder. It is about the soul, and forging connections, and how mental illness can both bring people together and tear them apart.

STSE is being launched in April of 2016. Stay tuned for links to purchase it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu.

Pages: 96
Dimensions: 6 x 9




We are forces of violence
pressing against each other
with lightning in our hearts.
I turn to your eyes—
and all the storms fly out,
and all of the ocean,
and all the moon.
You fall on me and I unravel
like yarn, like a basket
full of doves. I disintegrate.
When I come back together,
I wear you like a guillotine.
I wait for the execution.
Because there’s always an
execution with love, isn’t there?
Something always dies.
We’ll break the sky together.
We’ll wear the sunset
on our sleeves.



I hide razors between my teeth,
place them carefully, but
my gums unravel. I speak from
a mouth so bloody, my words
come out like rust, corroded iron.
I haemorrhage each time I try
to say my poetry aloud.
The audience draws back,
looks at their crimson hands in
horror. Yes, just by listening.
Yes, I stain glass, and everyone
I hold hands with.

-excerpt from Mouth

About the Author: Martina Dominique Dansereau is a 19 year old non-binary lesbian writer, poet, and spoken word artist living on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver, Canada, who spends the majority of xyr time blogging, snuggling snakes, and crying over poetry slams. Xe writes and performs about trauma and abuse as well as exploring and critiquing topics such as queer love, the gender binary, intersectional feminism, and mental illness through the lens of firsthand experience. Xe is a poetry reader for Persephone’s Daughters, a lit mag dedicated to empowering women, and the founding editor and publisher of Transcending Shadows. Xyr work has been published or is forthcoming in Words Dance, (parenthetical) press, Oddball Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Doll Hospital Journal, Literary Orphans,  Vagabond City,  and more. Xe is really passionate about anti-oppression through anarcha-feminist perspectives, queering relationships, and going on late night walks in the snow (and is saddened by the fact that xe lives in a temperate rain forest). You can find xem online on Twitter @numinous_lights or on Tumblr at http://numinous-lights.tumblr.com.


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