Magical Realism


It’s important for writers not only to write consistently, but also to read, and read a lot, especially in their genre of choice. I grew up reading many different genres, but none have fascinated me as much as Magical Realism which has inspired my writing greatly.

Magical Realism (Magic Realism, Fabulism) is a genre encompassed not only in literature but art ( painting, film, theater, etc.) that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements (magic, supernatural) into otherwise realistic, mundane, real-world settings, which inspired me to write a summary of a few favorite in the poem below.

I roam betwixt real and fantastical

a parallel world of natural and supernatural

Venturing high-tea and edible goodies

With the vampire next door

Til blood thirsty eyes detect pulsation

Then I escape for a stroll with a riddling cat

And pause for a giggle beneath a tree living Baron

Annoyed, he shoos me toward a speeding horse

Whisking lovers from a house redolent of chocolate

And a lovesick Spaniard offering a lick

A savor of her enchanted, tear-engendering batter

Achingly sated, I escape into a night raining flowers

Seizing posies from a two-mooned heaven

In the distance, a girl with glass feet sparkles

Along a road paved with roses

It all seems impossible, fantastical, and magical

I hasten inside the mistress of spices who know what I seek

A portion of realism, a potion of truth, a brew to reality

Where magic exists for the curious only

In paintings and rows of spine-covered pages

Some of my favorites books in the Magical Realism genre are:

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Along with a few, I’m reading this summer:
The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

The Taste of Apple Seeds by Katharina Hagena

Understanding your genre is critical to your writing success. So go out and read a book or two, or three that inspires your writing.

Happy reading!!!

Copyright 2017 by E. Denise Billups

Art: Courtesy of Sophie Wilkins

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