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In this collaborative poetry chapbook about entanglement, writer Viorica Hrincu and illustrator Melissa Soleski combine poetry and drawings to explore themes of hair, loss and the reorientation of oneself in relation to standards of feminine beauty.

“at this point,
even a cough
gently encourages
my hair to aggregate
into clumps.
I’m sure it’s never
been this easy to
gather individuals towards
a common goal.
On the floor,
shower walls
-classic spectators
of people
who are falling

— Excerpt from the poem air.h by Viorica Hrincu.

Poetry Viorica Hrincu
Illustrations  Melissa Soleski
Layout — Erica Wilk & Melissa Soleski

Edition of 150. Risograph printed & published by Moniker Press. Vancouver, BC — 2016

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“As women, we’re told that it’s only acceptable to have hair on our heads, and literally nowhere else on our bodies.” — Viorica Hrincu

Poet and scientist Viorica Hrincu is bald. She was diagnosed with alopecia a less than a year ago. Alopecia only affects hair growth and is neither painful nor life-threatening. The poems in draw from Viorica’s experience, uncovering a sense of empowerment through loss. Combined with the delicate illustrations of Melissa Soleski, the publication not only deals with societal views on beauty, but also explores the inner and even biological connection between hair and identity.

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VIORICA HRINCU — Local scientist who also writes poetry. Believes emotions are (partly) cognitive, which is not her area of research. Not partial to rhyme, but does it sometimes.

MELISSA SOLESKI — is a visual artist originally from Edmonton, Alberta. She relocated to Vancouver where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Illustration at Emily Carr University. More often than not, her work acts as an internal self-portrait. Dealing with anxieties of the inner self, her illustrations provide a sense of childlike naivety combined with the grotesque and neurotic.