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METATRON | What My Hair SaysAbout YouLaura TheobaldSOLD OUT
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What My Hair Says
About You

Laura Theobald

$14.00 Out of stock

he says there’s something like a fire
& a fire comes
& i’m crying in a fire
he says ashes
& the fire is done
& i’m making a river
out of the ash
i’m making a beautiful river
& he’s like



What My Hair Says About You is the final cry of a weary soul. These are poems about the same mistakes we make over and over again in the name of love. Laura Theobald’s full-length debut will break your heart—but in a good way.


Laura Theobald is a poet and author currently living in New Orleans, where she recently earned an MFA in poetry. Her chapbooks include edna poems, the best thing ever, and eraser poems.


Laura’s Website

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96 pages
First edition, first printing
Cover design by Eric Amling and Laura Theobald
Edited by Ashley Opheim



“With feral criminality, Laura Theobald is sucking on your face & poking a finger in your eye & stripping the gold veins right out of the bald mess of your heart & selling them on eBay. She is buying you a mansion, which doubles as a bonefield & enlisting you as a servant to her obscene fragility. She is rummaging through vaults of dismembered love, she is plucking the sun out of the sky, she is asking where you hid all the miracles. She is asking what forgiveness costs, she is defacing all the oracles with shit, she is throwing her own bones at the void.”

– Lara Glenum, author of Pop Corpse


“With intensity and uncompromising honesty, the rawness in What My Hair Says About You goes beyond autobiography, confession, and the individual in search of desire rather than its cursory objects. Repulsion structures a world where fucking and consorting with demons is a threat of pleasure soaked in blood, love, and the awful tenderness of being too much and being alone.”

– Cassandra Troyan, author of Kill Manual


“In Laura Theobald’s debut full-length, What My Hair Says About You, the author gives up on communication and instead decides to tell the reader how she really feels. Theobald’s casual charm, boredom and occasional bereftness take you hand-in-hand, poem by poem, among the flowers and dead woods and bedroom scenes and emotional weather. Consider this poem, ‘Sleep,’ in its entirety: “sleep until I forget you/ until orange is blue.” Come for the poetry, stay for the complications and contradictions, stay for the feels. Transfer money from your savings account and buy this book now.”

– Ben Fama, author of Fantasy


“Laura Theobald’s What My Hair Says About You makes me feel like I went up on the roof of the 7/11 to sunbathe and console my heartbreak, and I am drinking a Full Throttle Blue Demon Slurpee that I dumped half a bottle of cough syrup into, and the day is ending and I am filled with a warm sun glow and I am admiring the sunset and this flying flock of birds, perfect and black against the pastel sky, except wait, those aren’t birds, those are bats. SO I guess what I mean to say is there is nothing like it, and it is both beautiful and creepy all at once.”

– Juliet Escoria, author of Black Cloud



Press + Reviews + Interviews


What My Hair Says About You is not merely an exercise in millennial imagination and desire, but a language for combating demons. A language of breastbone, and rivers, and weeds, and suffocating, tree-like hair. Theobald’s readers will be engorged with dreams, surveilled by chrysanthemums, hammered by dust, followed into caves, and obscured by flowers. You will get lost in this book.”

– Paul Cunningham via Entropy


“[What My Hair Says About You examines] the impact zone when we allow ourselves to be close to someone.”

– Largehearted Boy


“In What My Hair Says About You, [Laura] Theobald forges irony, wit, sadness, and self-awareness into something new, strange, and lovely.”

– June Gehringer via New Orleans Review


The Question of You with Laura Theobald’ via Maudlin House