Featuring the Barbie Suite
In 2019, Barbara Millicent Roberts, aka, Barbie turns 60. Plastic’s Republic offers an adventurous poem sequence centering on this complex cultural icon and feminist bête-noir powered by plasticity. Aside from thematically animating the ghost of Plato, the poems give voice to the major players in Barbie’s development and mammoth success, including Ruth Handler who co-founded Mattel with her husband; their daughter Barbara—the doll’s inspiration and namesake—and Barbie, herself. “The Barbie Suite” also features poems about Barbie versions that highlight Mattel’s opportunistic marketing response to social trends. Verses on the “Human Barbie” phenomenon treat plastic-obsessed humans who embrace physical and digital plastic surgery to embody ‘dollification.’ The book’s finale naturally segues to silicone sex dolls and a plastic-smothered ocean. Click here, to purchase a copy of Plastic’s Republic.