Sharp Miracles is my chapbook of persona poems in the voice of Lizzie Siddal (1829-1862), who was an artist’s model, a painter, and a poet. She is the model in John Everett Millais’s Ophelia and D. G. Rossetti’s How They Met Themselves, St. Catherine, and Beata Beatrix, among other paintings and drawings by these and other Victorian artists. John Ruskin purchased several of Siddal’s own paintings in 1855 and subsequently paid her a stipend for artwork she produced over several years. In 1860, after a long courtship during which she suffered intermittent ill health, Siddal married Pre-Raphaelite painter and poet D. G. Rossetti. After a stillbirth and becoming pregnant again, she died of a laudanum overdose. But that wasn’t the end of her story.
Read a sneak preview at The Account. Read the poem “On Being Beata Beatrix” and the questions that led me to write that poem.
THEN, CLICK on the poem titles to view artwork that goes with specific poems:
A Version (The Lady of Shalott, 1853) – plus the Tennyson poem!