About

Clementine Morrigan

Clementine Morrigan is a writer, artist, and working witch. She writes the zine Fucking Magic. Their first book, Rupture, was published in 2012. Her second collection of poetry, The Size of a Bird, was published in 2017. Their creative writing has appeared in the literary journals Prose & Lore and Soliloquies, and her scholarly writing has appeared in the academic journals Somatechnics, The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, and Knots. They have also written for Guts Magazine and Shameless Magazine. She is the creator of two short films, Resurrection (2013) and City Witch (2016). Their creative, artistic, and scholarly works consider trauma, madness, addiction, sobriety, gender, sexuality, desire, magic, re-enchantment, environment, and more-than-human worlds. She facilitates workshops and guest lectures on a number of topics. They provide professional tarot reading services for individuals and events. She is a white settler of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry living on unceded Kanien’keha:ka territory.  They are a practitioner of trauma magic.

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Books

A turquoise cover with an illustration of a cicada. It reads "The Size of a Bird, Clementine Morrigan"
The Size of a Bird is an invocation of desire in times of violence and trauma. Refusing to shy away from difficult topics Morrigan tackles addiction, abuse, suicide, and sexual violence while infusing each word with a relentless drive for life. Seeking pleasure, these poems navigate dangerous terrain, staying with ambivalence and probing its depths. Queer femininity seeks heterosexual masculinity with varying results. First dates and one-night-stands, alleyways and coffee shops, forest floors and skateparks, these poems reveal a world pulsating with want and rife with pain. Holding both the reality of violence and the persistence of desire, these poems shine light on the pleasures and terrors of navigating sexuality from a space of femininity.

Clementine’s poetry is magical, raw, and real, in the best ways, and left me feeling hopeful. — Zoe Whittall, author of The Best Kind of People and Holding Still For as Long as Possible.

Morrigan’s new collection uses writing itself as an entry point insisting that what must be written include “the things that didn’t quite fit into the narrative, that didn’t quite make sense.” Her poetics and lyric prose make room for miscalculations of excess ­– sometimes a present tense and sometimes the shape of desire – “the size of a bird.” — nancy viva davis halifax, author of hook.

“Can poetry hold /the anxious thoughts of lovers?” This is only one of the many complex and gorgeous inquiries Clementine Morrigan asks in The Size of A Bird. Morrigan’s own poetry decidedly holds anxious thoughts, yes, but also desire, and trauma and healing, uncertainty and wanting, undoing and becoming—her second collection of poetry holds all of these and more. — Amber Dawn, author of Where the Words End and My Body Begins and How Poetry Saved My Life.

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The cover of 'Rupture' reads 'Rupture by Clementine Morrigan' and shows a screaming woman grabbing her breasts.
Rupture is a raw exploration of trauma and addiction. Through poetry, narrative, photography, and illustration Rupture tells of surviving childhood sexual abuse and intimate partner violence, living through alcoholism and addiction, getting sober, and beginning recovery.

Rupture bravely captures the emotions of trauma, pleasure and recovery. This series of poems, divided into six parts, takes the reader through the author’s experiences of sexual violence, discovering her sense of self and relationships, and how she has started her journey toward healing. Although some of the poems are extremely difficult to read, Morrigan’s work serves as a way for others who are dealing with similar experiences to begin to articulate some of their own pain. In ‘divine responsibility’, Morrigan writes “self love is a divine responsibility / because the goddess Herself / makes no mistakes.” The juxtaposition of the empowerment expressed in some of the poems and the hurt in others underscores the nuanced struggle of living with a painful history. —Shameless Magazine

Rupture is a bold, honest, and thought-provoking collection of poems and short narrative writings on female embodiment, violence against women, sexuality, and feminism. Morrigan’s accessible language and intimate tone invite the reader to enter into her experiences, which range from harrowing to exhilarating. She encourages readers to appreciate the challenging journey of the woman in patriarchal culture who seeks to honour her feelings, desires, and powers and carve out a truly independent existence. Her book strikingly demonstrates that women’s right to self-determination continues to be a poorly protected one and is a work that would appeal to many women who similarly struggle to live outside of sexist conditioning and norms. —Herizons Magazine

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Zines

The cover of Fucking Magic #2 shows a Virgin Mary statue wrapped with fabric and beads.

Fucking Magic #2 is a deep dive into childhood trauma and living with the legacy of surviving childhood sexual abuse. Grappling with betrayal and shame, holding space for what feels unresolvable, falling on knees in cathedrals and at holy wells, Fucking Magic #2 is an enactment of trauma magic, a spell to end cycles of violence and abuse. It is a search and a prayer for love in the face of intergenerational trauma. It is a discovery and a declaration of a different kind of love, one grounded in a refusal to abandon the self. Moving between Tkaronto / Toronto, Tiohtià:ke / Montréal and Éireann / Ireland, Fucking Magic #2 contemplates the power of place, the power of leaving, and the power of arriving for the first time. Listening to ancestors, learning lost language, and seeking healing for deep wounds, Fucking Magic #2 is grounded in cuimhne / memory and misneach / courage. Reckoning and grieving open space for the work of embodiment, pleasure, sexuality, desire, and breath. Prayers are answered and magic works. Fucking Magic #2 is a revelation of readiness and reclamation of power.

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A skeleton and the words

Fucking Magic #1 is the first issue of a new perzine series. A meditation on sexual trauma and shame this zine reclaims sexuality as a practice of magic. Tracing lineages of trauma through child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, emotional abuse, queerphobia, and multiple rapes, sexuality is rediscovered as a site of transformation and healing. Reimagining sluttiness and nonmonogamy in sobriety, seeking out femmme4femme desire, facing down queerphobia and biphobia, pursuing pleasure and surrendering shame, this zine is a declaration of the healing power of claiming sexuality on one’s own terms. A celebration of the power of friendship, an affirmation of the importance of joy, and an invocation of magic as a practice of embodied collaboration with a living im/material world, this zine dives deep into pain while making space for profound wonder and gratitude. Hopeful, heartfelt, disturbing, and empowering Fucking Magic is an act of love in the context of complex trauma.

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Tarot

A lit candle and a deck of tarot cards.

Clementine Morrigan offers in person and long distance tarot readings. Clementine’s readings are affirmative, intuitive, and transformative. Focusing on lessons and opportunities for growth, clients leave feel seen, inspired, and better prepared to face the challenges and blessings in their lives.

A queer and genderfluid person herself, Clementine frequently reads for queer and trans people. They also have experience working with people who identify with trauma, madness, and/or disability. Her readings work from a place of acknowledgement of trauma and systemic oppression while simultaneously honouring our magic and the ways we survive, and thrive.

Whether you are a seasoned reader yourself or have never experienced the power of tarot, Clementine’s unique, intuitive style has something to offer you. Committed to anti-capitalist, accessible magic, they offer readings at a sliding scale of $20-$60 for individuals, and $20-$60 per hour for events. To book your reading, send an email to clementinemorrigan@gmail.com.

“Clementine’s reading can really help you go deeper inside yourself. They know the tarot deck well and very intuitive to what the cards suggests. They do your reading in such a way to ensure that you can be aware of the possibilities so that you can make the choice that resonates with you the most. I highly recommend them!” —Rain

I went to Clementine for my first live tarot reading and it was an incredibly emotional experience. Clementine is a sensitive and insightful reader and they gave me as much space as I needed to ask questions and talk about my situation. They are a wonderful listener and I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with them. I would recommend Clementine to anyone who would like their cards read.” —Iris

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Film

A dog playing in the water.

City Witch in an invocation of city magic. Pulsing with the power of strange-familiar beauty, City Witch opens to deep, reciprocal relationship with more-than-human worlds. A liminal space of magic, madness, trauma, survival, resilience, and relationship, City Witch is a love letter to life still living wherever it can. This film can be viewed here.

An alleyway on a bright sunny day.

Resurrection is an exploration of violence, trauma, addiction and recovery. Juxtaposing images of a city street with intimate self-portraits the film breaks down distinctions between private and public, revealing the ways in which the extremely intimate intrusions of sexual violence are turned into public spectacle through the psychiatric and legal systems. This film can be viewed here.

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