Our special Valentines Love vs. Hate week is on a roll today with Matt Hopewell presenting a them which combines both love and massacre. Let’s call it 2-1 with love in a narrow lead after today.


The Beauty of the Grotesque (Let’s Play)

You are beauteous
Like the blood spray of a lawnmower blade
As it spins its way through a crowd of zombies
The timbre of your voice is as lovely as the whine of a chainsaw
Harmonized with maniacal laughter
You are beautiful and lovely
Because you’re like me
And you can see the beauty in the spooky, the freaky
And the grotesque
Most would not refer to Nosferatu’s visage as a beauteous wonder
Or get a bounty of bliss when gazing at Boris or Bela
In full regalia
They wouldn’t marvel at the stitch work on a mask made of human skin
Or get a kick out teeth piercing intestine
Worms in an eye socket or heads in a box
They’d be like Danny, when confronted by the twins
Who made the simple request “Come play with us.”
But right now, you are my twin
And the world is ours, or it will be, after the massacre
There will be blood, spiders
Eyeballs and bats
So take my disembodied hand
And let’s play.


Photography © Allison Goldin

Photography © Allison Goldin


“Cowboy” Matt Hopewell is a poet and musician hailing from Worcester, MA, and currently living in Salem, MA. He’s been published in Worcester Magazine and the “Look! Up in the Sky!” Anthology from Sacred Fools’ Press. He is an all-around-nice-guy and an aficionado of the absurd.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in Cambridge. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles. She is currently studying Illustration at The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.