Milking a Duck by Kate Parfet
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Los Angeles. pois é. 2023. Hardcover, clothbound w. text and graphic embossing. Book condition: New. 104 pp. (ill. in colour).
Diving into the depths of "Milking a Duck" is an unapologetic exploration of healing, power play, and self-discovery. Parfet's journey to motherhood unravels against a backdrop of memory, loss, and the elusive quest for a future just beyond grasp. Amid seemingly simple tasks more challenging then milking a duck, the tapestry of emotions finds refuge in the body's "invisible shapes" that carry their weight.
While trauma roots itself in the narrative, each chapter is anchored by a unique blend of humor and tenderness, breathing life into themes of (new) life, death, and freedom. Parfet navigates through challenging diagnoses, misrepresentation, and oppressive forces, highlighting the unmistakable stakes: confronting the unknown with a spirit of defiance and self-governance. The speaker's journey unfolds as a tale of vulnerability, insistent on being heard in a world both fragile and resolute.
Crafting a poetic tapestry, Parfet enlisted a coterie of artistic cohorts to delve into these intricate realms via drawings, graphics, and photographs, bestowing a fresh depth upon the text.
Among the contributors who lent their creative flair are Amanda Charchian, Austyn Gillette, Bliss Braoudakis, Chad Moore, Chelsea Mak, Gia Coppola, Gillian Steiner, Kayten Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Lara Salmon, Libby Gray, Mattea Perrotta, Scott West, Suomo Snook, Vanessa Dahbour, and Zoe Chait. Their contributions dance in tandem with Parfet's prose, elevating the narrative into an artful symphony of words and visuals.