About Kaleidoscope by Beate Sigriddaughter
Beate Sigriddaughter’s new collection of prose poems, Kaleidoscope (Cholla Needles, 2021), is a procession of shifting visions, sometimes dazzling, oftentimes moody, and always unpredictable. The poems, written in third person, are reflections of an unnamed woman on abstract themes that quickly get anchored in tangible reality and just as quickly revert back to enigmatic impressions. Toggling between anguish and delight, insecurity and confidence, these poems speak to much of the current human condition as experienced on the defenseless personal level.
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Beate Sigriddaughter grew up in Nürnberg, Germany. Her playgrounds were a nearby castle and World War II bomb ruins. She lives in Silver City, New Mexico (Land of Enchantment), where she was poet laureate from 2017 to 2019 and loves hiking in the mountains. Her poetry and prose are widely published in literary magazines as well as in book format, and she is the recipient of several poetry awards, including Southern New Mexico’s Desert Exposure and L.A,’s Cultural Weekly. In her blog Writing In A Woman’s Voice, she publishes other women’s voices.