Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics by Lara GlenumGurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics by Lara Glenum

Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics

EditorLara Glenum, Arielle Greenberg

Paperback | March 9, 2010

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Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics brings together eighteen poets of wide-ranging backgrounds, united in their ability to push the aesthetic envelope through radical, femme, Third Wave strategies, and pairs them with visual artists who do the same. At the turn of the millennium, we are witnessing the emergence of a vital—perhaps viral—new strain of female poetics: the “Gurlesque,” a term that describes writers who perform femininity in their poems in a campy or overtly mocking manner, risking the grotesque to shake the foundations of acceptable female behavior and language. Built from the bric-a-brac of girl culture, these works charm and repel: this work is fun, subversive, and important. Poets include Brenda Coultas, Brenda Shaghnessy, Cathy Park Hong, Matthea Harvey, and Sarah Vap.
LARA GLENUM is the author of The Hounds of No (Action Books, 2005) and Maximum Gaga (Action Books, 2008). With Josef Horacek, she translates 20th C. Czech poetry, most recently the selected poems of the Czech poet Vladimir Holan, a project that has received a Fulbright Fellowship and an NEA Translation Award. She lives and teaches in A...
Title:Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poeticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 9, 2010Publisher:Saturnalia BooksLanguage:English

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Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics brings together eighteen poets of wide-ranging backgrounds, united in their ability to push the aesthetic envelope through radical, femme, Third Wave strategies, and pairs them with visual artists who do the same. At the turn of the millennium, we are witnessing the emergence of a vital—perhaps viral—new strain of female poetics: the “Gurlesque,” a term that describes writers who perform femininity in their poems in a campy or overtly mocking manner, risking the grotesque to shake the foundations of acceptable female behavior and language. Built from the bric-a-brac of girl culture, these works charm and repel: this work is fun, subversive, and important. Poets include Brenda Coultas, Brenda Shaghnessy, Cathy Park Hong, Matthea Harvey, and Sarah Vap.“Here comes a juicy volley of some of the most obstreperous, ill-behaved, ill-advised, detrimental, dismantling, dismaying poems out there – and I do mean ‘out there.’ The double introduction signals right away that the Gurlesque is nothing as centralized or self-confirming as a ‘movement,’ but Glenum and Greenberg make a potent case for the persistence of resistance in all its distributed, multitudinous, mutant and deviating femme and/or female forms.” - Joyelle McSweeeney