Praise for We Are All Pretty Bizarre
If you’ve ever found yourself addicted to Buzzfeed movie reaction posts, but yearned for more depth, Shiksha Dheda’s We Are All Pretty Bizarre is the book for you.
This chapbook took me from laughing out loud to feeling my heart wrench within the span of just a few pages, as Dheda applies her wry observations and unique perspective on mental health to movies from a variety of genres and time periods.
You’ll ask the hard questions you never thought you’d ask about Clueless, contemplate loneliness through the lens of The Truman Show, and much more…and you’ll certainly never look at Winnie-the-Pooh the same way again!
– Stephanie Parent (author of Every Poem a Potion, Every Song a Spell, Querencia Press)
We go to the movies to be surprised, to be haunted, to laugh until our insides hurt—maybe to cry a bit too. In this chapbook, Shiksha Dheda gives us all of this while reflecting on Robin William’s range, the feminism of Legally Blonde, and even mental health diagnoses for Pooh & his gang. We head into a dark theater to forget about our troubles, and we can do the same through Shiksha’s wonderful poems.
– Victoria Buitron (author of A Body Across Two Hemispheres, Woodhall Press)
Shiksha Dheda is a writer (?) Sometimes, she dabbles in photography, painting, and baking lopsided layered cakes. Her debut poetry collection, Washed Away, is forthcoming with Alien Buddha Press. She rambles annoyingly on at Twitter: @ShikshaWrites.