Monozygotic | Codependent is a perfect bound, soft cover poetry book written by Stephanie Bryant Anderson. She is the founder of Red Paint Hill Publishing. She has worked also as editor with Up the Staircase Quarterly, Inkception Books, and she served on the Editorial Board for The Manatee, Southern New Hampshire University’s literary journal. Nominated for Best of the Net, storySouth Million Writers Award, and twice for the Pushcart Prize, Stephanie is the mother to two amazing boys. Besides poetry she enjoys kickboxing and math.
What people are saying about Monozygotic | Codependent
In Monozygotic | Codependent, Stephanie Bryant Anderson’s poems are concerned with splitting the self and uncovering the woman beneath the familial myths. Yet the essential paradox for Bryant Anderson: when the self has a twin—a ‘shadow,’ a ‘dark-haired mirror girl’—what then of the split? These poems ache; in the style of Southern gothic, these poems are ‘filled [with] piano ribs, a slow blues loaded with heavy bees and suicide ghosts.’ Bryant Anderson’s are poems of survival, built in fragile and beautiful shell casings, stanzas deceptively elegant and delicate, for what pinions each graceful couplet is a fierceness of spirit, a deep-seated desire for life, always life, even in the midst of pain and memory, ‘shaped as an open field plagued by black irises.’ I am broken and remade by these poems.
—Jennifer Givhan, 2015 Winner National Endowment for the Arts fellowship
In Stephanie Bryant Anderson’s first collection, the poems are claustrophobic, obsessive. Anxious and desolate, the young narrator is overpowered by grief “dark as vulture wings.” Fear keeps her “trapped / along the same skim of river.” Made passive and weak by loss, she is compelled to investigate her lifelong wish to hide, to be someone other than herself, or to not be anyone at all. The existential work done in these poems will be both recognizable and captivating to anyone who has faced the need to rebuild after years of accumulated damage and spiritual wounds.
—Jill Khoury, Editor at Rogue Agent Journal
Stephanie Bryant Anderson’s Monozygotic | Codependent is magically populated with fawn and doe, mirror-girls, and filled to the brim with feathers. Throughout the book objects and ideas change—locks of hair, locks of doors, dead birds, cartographers, and clouds of vulture wings all become something else. The poet has power here, whether she realizes it or not, and this is the ultimate assertion of the book. Bryant Anderson states, “I’ve dreamt a horse into the field, or the horse/ in my dream came to save me—no hollow /knight—but the horse, and I climbed onto his back/ to keep from suffocating.” The poet, the twin birthed from a single egg, dreams the world into being, splitting and recreating and challenging the reader’s experience of reality. It’s a beautiful journey.
—Andrea Spofford, author of The Pine Effect