Milk and Filth by Carmen Giménez SmithMilk and Filth by Carmen Giménez Smith

Milk and Filth

byCarmen Giménez Smith

Paperback | October 10, 2013

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Adding to the Latina tradition, Carmen Giménez Smith, politically aware and feminist-oriented, focuses on general cultural references rather than a sentimental personal narrative. She speaks of sexual politics and family in a fierce, determined tone voracious in its opinions about freedom and responsibility.

The author engages in mythology and art history, musically wooing the reader with texture and voice. As she references such disparate cultural figures as filmmaker Lars Von Trier, Annie from the film Annie Get Your Gun, Nabokov's Lolita, facebook entries and Greek gods, they appear as part of the poet's cultural critique.

Phrases such as "the caustic domain of urchins" and "the gelatin shiver of tea's surface" take the poems from lyrical images to comic humor to angry, intense commentary. On writing about "downgrading into human," she says, "Then what? Amorality, osteoporosis and not even a marble estuary for the ages."

Giménez Smith's poetic arsenal includes rapier-sharp wordplay mixed with humor, at times self-deprecating, at others an ironic comment on the postmodern world, all interwoven with imaginative language of unexpected force and surreal beauty. Revealing a long view of gender issues and civil rights, the author presents a clever, comic perspective. Her poems take the reader to unusual places as she uses rhythm, images, and emotion to reveal the narrator's personality. Deftly blending a variety of tones and styles, Giménez Smith's poems offer a daring and evocative look at deep cultural issues.
Carmen Giménez Smith is an assistant professor in the English department at New Mexico State University, editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol, and publisher of Noemi Press. She is the also the author of Bring Down the Little Birds and Odalisque in Pieces.
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Title:Milk and FilthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.26 inPublished:October 10, 2013Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816521166

ISBN - 13:9780816521166

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"Rabble-rouse, translator, good witch, Carmen Giménez Smith is an alchemist of disparate ingredients mixing the canonical and folkloric as well as high art and pop culture in poems that reference the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Wizard of Oz, Ana Mendietta and Joan Rivers. 'I want my problems to be Wallace Stevens but they're Anne Sexton,' Giménez Smith writes. But her poems defy easy comparisons with their verbal dexterity, intellectual savvy, and fleshy insistence. In a stunning collection that combines fairy tale, autobiography, arspoetica, and manifesto, Giménez Smith asks women artists to question not only the fables told about us, but the ones we tell ourselves." -Susan Briante, author of Utopia Minus