Dede Wilson presents Mrs. H. and her Tooty-Falooty Ways

“Mrs. H. and Her Tooty-Falooty Ways" is an eye-witness account of an entitled woman riddled with idiosyncrasies. This woman keeps a bottle of Lysol in her purse and relies on martinis to negotiate each day. Mrs. H.'s story is told by her daughter’s pre-teen friend. 

Mrs. H.’s daughter is an unruly girl. After all, she’s confronted by a mother who offers a confusion of responses. The narrator, the daughter's friend, is wise though complicit. She senses that Mrs. H. is emotionally ill. 

And so she is. Her world must be instinctively formal, perfectly aligned, and scrubbed clean. She sends her daughter to camp with 35 bras, a clean bra for each day she’s there. She keeps a gas mask under her bed, still fearing the sirens she heard during the war. This woman of fashion and frills reads “The Kinsey Report” and begins to hide under her sheets in flannel pajamas.

So Mrs. H., her daughter and her daughter’s friend romp through this story. And there’s always Mr. H., serene and accommodating. The man who built the perfect house with the perfect bricks, the perfect slate, cannot perfect the disorder within. He can only console.

We promise you will find Mrs. H. unforgettable.

Author Bio:

This story of the idiosyncratic and privileged Mrs. H. is Dede Wilson's seventh book of poetry. Her sixth collection, Under the Music of Blue (Future Cycle Press), appeared in 2017. Her first book, Glass, was published as runner-up for the 1998 Persephone Press Award. Glass was followed by Sea of Small Fears, which won the 2001 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition. One Nightstand, a primer to formal poetry, and Eliza: The New Orleans Years both followed from Main Street Rag. Eliza had been a finalist for the Perugia Press Award and the Pearl Poetry Prize. Dede has received first place awards from Keystone Magazine and the Kakalak Anthology. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Review, Spoon River, Carolina Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Flyway, Tar River, Tampa Review, and both the NC and TX issues of The Southern Poetry Anthology.



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Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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