New American Best Friend by Olivia GatwoodNew American Best Friend by Olivia Gatwood

New American Best Friend

byOlivia Gatwood

Paperback | March 28, 2017

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One of the most recognizable young poets in America, Olivia Gatwood dazzles with her tribute to contemporary American womanhood in her debut book, New American Best Friend. Gatwood's poems deftly deconstruct traditional stereotypes. The focus shifts from childhood to adulthood, gender to sexuality, violence to joy. And always and inexorably, the book moves toward celebration, culminating in a series of odes: odes to the body, to tough women, to embracing your own journey in all its failures and triumphs.
Title:New American Best FriendFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.16 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Button PoetryLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943735107

ISBN - 13:9781943735105


Rated 5 out of 5 by from so beautiful If i could give this more than 5 stars i would. after watching many of Olivia's slam poems online (check them out they are fantastic), I just had to buy her full collection. Her poems are absolutely beautiful. Her poem "Ode to the Women on Long Island" has to be my absolute favourite. Please please please check this collection out. You will not regret it.
Date published: 2018-01-04

Read from the Book

the boys and i are playing quarters with double shots of vodka and i am winning. by winning imean i am not one of the boys but i am the next best thing. by the next best thing i mean i am agirl and i am drunk. every time i miss a shot, johnny gets to flick a quarter against my knucklesand now my knuckles are bleeding onto my thighs but every time i make a shot i get to knockback a throat full of liquor. i slam down the glass until it cracks up the side and now the game isabout who will still drink from it, who will risk shards in the belly, who will cut up their insidesfor a pack of newports and it

Editorial Reviews

"In New American Best Friend, Olivia Gatwood slices with a sharp, keen humor into the beguiling and calamitous experience of American adolescence and young adulthood." -Carrie Fountain, author of Burn Lake