Publication Date: 15-Jul-11 | ISBN: 9781844715619 | Trim Size: 198 x 129 mm | Extent: 80pp | Format: Paperback
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The Private Parts of Girls follows Alice down the rabbit hole, Kassandra onto Agamemnon’s boat, and Red Riding Hood into the forest: it conjures the most mysterious landscape of all, the mind of a girl – a girl who might be a dancer, a warrior-bride, a transatlantic traveller, the Messiah, sick of being compared to Sylvia Plath, airborne, born in space, or lost in a sunlit field, discovering love. From Battlestar Galactica to The Clash, the poems mix tart, smart pop culture goodies into the dreamspace of fairy tales, as they take us on a journey – hallucinatory with culture lag – through the mind and body of a modern girl. This is poetry for Buffy fans (and Twilight haters), for readers who grew up with Angela Chase’s voice-over for their lives and Air’s soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides on their iPods, for everyone who ever wondered if Beauty secretly was the Beast.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Contents; Trial Proof for The Blue Feet (Kiki Smith); Easter Parade; God and After; Previously on Battlestar Galactica; ( ); The Doctor’s Daughter; A Brief History of the Deeleybopper in the English Language; she/said; What the Pink Book Said; Sappho’s Cookbook; Shucking; The Fourth Fuck; Sic In Transit; Found Object; Of Other Spaces (Tate St. Ives); Aphelion; You Are the Weather; Bathysphere; Medusa Sets Sail; A face cache de la lune; Trois Couleurs; The Cantor’s Daughter; Contes; Belle est la bete; On Being Dismissed as ‘Plathlike’; On my Mother’s Side; Self-Portrait as my Imaginary Brother; Horticulture; WOOD / brown warrior; God Parts; FIRE / white warrior; Alkestis; WATER / blue warrior; Sur l’escalier; METAL / steel warrior; Queen of Swords; EARTH / green warrior; Sleepwalking / Guns of Granada (Double A-side)
PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS
“[Mayer's] non-sequiteurs arrest you by their very strangeness, then draw you into a sensory chain where they seem just… true. Brilliantly disconcerting.” —
“Full of zest, variety and intellectual ambition. There is no such thing as a typical Mayer poem, diversity being her great strength. Dazzling.” —
“Sensual and vivid, exploded erotic imagery rewrites the love poem in new terms, reinvigorating our restrained and anecdotal poetic moment.” —
Sophie Mayer teaches creative writing at King’s College, London. Her publications include Her Various Scalpels and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love. She is a Commissioning Editor at Chroma and Contributing Editor at Hand + Star, and regular contributor to Horizon Review and Sight & Sound.