The Möbius Strip Club of Grief
The Möbius Strip Club of Grief is a collection of poems that weave in and out of a burlesque purgatory where the living pay—dearly, with both money and conscience—to watch the dead perform scandalous acts otherwise unseen: “$20 for five minutes. I’ll hold your hand in my own,” one ghost says. “I’ll tell you you were good to me.” Like Dante before her, Stone positions herself as the living poet passing through and observing the land of the dead. She imagines a feminist Limbo where women run the show and create a space to navigate the difficulties endured in life. With a nod to her grandmother Ruth Stone’s poem “The Möbius Strip of Grief,” Stone creates a labyrinthine underworld as a way to confront and investigate complicated family relationships in the hopes of breaking the never-ending cycle of grief.
“Bianca Stone is a brilliant transcriber of her generation’s emerging pathology and sensibility.”
“A brilliant, wildly imaginative mediation on grief and loss and coping with being human and then not being at all.”
“Fantastically unsettling and sparks a serious meditation on grief and family, from a distinctly feminine perspective. The result is the feeling that we are witnessing a soul’s intimate reckoning with life. Many poets have attempted to imagine the afterlife, and Stone’s addition to the tradition disrupts it in the best way: she is our Virgilian guide through a wildly conceived purgatorial landscape.”
—The Paris Review
“A collection that features a bravely vulnerable beating heart hidden beneath layers of irony and clever misdirection.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review