Candice Louisa Daquin's collection is a mis-en-scene of beautiful dysfunction, erotic melancholy and an immigrant's dystopia. As a lesbian ageing in-sight, Daquin's wry observations of life are at times, piercing, painful and intensely telling a to human-nature and our endless foibles. Her occupations as writer, psychotherapist and activist, play against a myriad of backdrops from Southern France, Egypt and the wastelands of America. Daquin's co-editing work on two award-winning anthologies lends her the gravitas to produce a fine book of revelations about who we really are and why we're so often tainted by the same counterfeit.
Candice Louisa Daquin is of Sephardi French/Egyptian descent. Born in Europe, Daquin worked in publishing for The U.S., Embassy / Chamber of Commerce before immigrating to the American Southwest to study and become a Psychotherapist, where she has continued writing and editing whilst practicing as a therapist. Daquin has worked at Jewish Community Centers and Rape Crisis Centers both in Texas and Ontario, Canada. Her area of specialization is adults sexually abused as children. Prior to publishing her own poetry collections, Daquin regularly wrote for the poetry periodicals: Rattle and The Northern Poetry Review. Daquin is Senior Editor at Indie Blu(e) Publishing, a feminist micro-press. Writer-in-Residence for Borderless Journal. Editor of Poetry & Art for The Pine Cone Review. Editor, for Blackbird Press. Daquin's poetic work takes its form from the confessional women poets of the 19th and 20th century as well as queer authors writing from the 1950's onward. Her career(s) teaching critical thinking and practicing as a psychotherapist, have heavily influenced her work, with explored key themes including; sexual-abuse, parental-relationships, mental illness and queer-identity. Daquin's work is also significantly imprinted by Audre Lorde, Françoise Sagan, Angela Carter, activist Egyptian physician Nawal El Saadawi, Navdanya seed bank creator/campaigner Vandana Shiva, Pablo Neruda, Israeli PM Golda Mier, Toni Morrison and feminist philosophers bell hooks, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray.As a queer woman of mixed ethnicity and passionate feminist beliefs concerning equality, Daquin's poetry is her body of evidence.