REVIEW ☆ Life of the Party Poems

SUMMARY Life of the Party Poems

REVIEW ☆ Life of the Party Poems ñ [Download] ➻ Life of the Party Poems Author Olivia Gatwood – i'm a good girl bad girl sad girl dream girl girl next door sunbathing in the driveway i wanna be them all at once i wanna be all the girls i've ever lovedLauded for the power of her writing and havin i'm a good gEen what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear How does one grow from a girl to a woman in a world wracked by violence Where is the line between perpetrator and victim What is the meaning of bravery Visceral and haunting this multifaceted collection illustrates that what happens to our bodies makes us who we ar. I absolutely love Olivia Gatwood and her poetry but if I'm being honest Life of the Party sat on my nightstand for a while It sat there while I read other things some for class and some for pleasure I knew I would have to be in the right frame of mind to really get into Life of the Party Gatwood's poetry while excellent is not easy It is not gently reassuring or encouraging Instead it asks you tough uestions and forces you to examine your fears and biases Sometimes you need to prepare yourself for itThe truth is It is a privilege to have your body looked for As a collection Life of the Party is interested in one central theme the romanticization of violence against women and what implications that romanticization has for women living in the world Gatwood's author's note itself could be the beginning of an essay collection on this topic She is so good at articulating her fear her fear that is stoked by both living in a world where women are victimized and in a media landscape that is obsessed with these stories True crime as a genre she argues perpetuates misogyny racism and sexualized violence Women are props in these stories usually young beautiful white women who drive brave men forward to solve crimes Sometimes the writer in me wants to remember just so I can give you a story As soon as I read this author's note I wanted to give the collection five stars Before I even read the poetry I knew Gatwood understood what bugs me and so many other women about true crime It is a genre that centers around women without ever focusing on them It's a genre in which we are beaten and raped and killed and yet that is all that is ever known about us Also largely it leaves at the violence that occurs every day to women of color sex workers and transgender women I have no appetite for true crime but I do consume large amounts of Law and Order SVU My feelings on that are just as complicated On one hand it is cathartic but also it still largely centers on sexual violence against women without really ever getting to know themI want to know what it means to survive something does it just mean I get to keep my body The excellent author's note aside Life of the Party is a fantastic collection As per usual Gatwood writes about her complicated relationships with other girls the casual misogyny and violence she encounters when hanging out with men and her sexual awakening as a young girl Woven through these poems however is an undercurrent of murder rape and sexual violence In Murder of a Little Beauty she examines the media frenzy surrounding the JonBenet Ramsey murder In The Boy Says He Loves Ted Bundy But Doesn't Laugh About It she talks about the reckoning of a young man who loves Ted Bundy and realizes that maybe that means such violence is inside him too Several poems feature Aileen Wuornos as if she's giving advice or being written to These poems steep Gatwood's collection in the history of true crime while offering commentary on the genreMaybe I see myself in the worst of it Maybe if I can imagine myself in the shallow water you should too Maybe I am tired of hearing people talk about the murder of girls like it is both beautiful and out of the ordinary And then there are the babysitter interludes These are perhaps the strongest poems in the collection Gatwood begins by telling a story about her babysitter growing up We follow the story of that babysitter how the babysitter was a talented euestrian how her dog bit her father in the calf how the babysitter once smashed her father's hand in the hinges of her bedroom door how she grew rebellious and eventually turned to heroin How it came out that she had been sexually abused by her father and no one noticed How she died in the hospital Gatwood's mother worked at By including this story in small interludes we get an vision of how sexual assault and abuse can wreck someone and how they can be reacting to it without anyone being the wiser It gives an idea of the weight girls like this carry when there is no recourse for them i hate telling people how it happened there is a difference between fact truth the fact is that she overdosed the truth is that he killed her Life of the Party is the best collection of poetry I've read this year I would even venture to say it's the best volume of poetry published in 2019 If you're interested in feminist poetry true crime or any of the other topics I discussed in this review I'd highly recommend it And all of Gatwood's work She is incredible As one of my favorite comedians Jamie Loftus said in a blurb on the back of the book Imagine we get to live in the age of Olivia Gatwood

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Hrilling new voice in contemporary feminist poetry In Life of the Party she weaves together her own coming of age with an investigation into our culture's romanticization of violence against women In Life of PDFEPUBprecise searing language at times blistering and riotous at times soulful and exuberant she explores the boundary betw. how can I talk about my grandmother without also mentioning that if everyone is a teen girl then so are the birds their soaring cliues their suawking throats and the sea of course the sea its moody push and pull the way we drill into it fill it with our trash take and take and take from it and still it holds up each time we walk into it Five heartbreakingly beautiful stars This collection of poetry is hauntingly stunning A well crafted cautionary tale from a poetess that is a complete force to be reckoned with I loved the very beginning where the author discusses the rabbit hole of true crime she found herself falling down and how she asked herself what role do poets play in true crime against young girls and women She goes on to write this frightening collection of poetry that I couldnt get enough of Well done Gatwood I can't wait to hold a physical copy of this gem to revisit over and over again

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Life of the Party PoemsI'm a good girl the Party eBook #9734 bad girl sad girl dream girl girl next door sunbathing in the driveway i wanna be them all at once i wanna be all the girls i've ever lovedLauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken word performances Olivia Gatwood is a t. Olivia Gatwood 27 speaks with brutal honesty to women of her generation Poetry is subjective; I found some great and some not so much but she always speaks with great power In the introduction she writes about her obsession with true crime and explains how it began I'm old enough to be her mother and I thought we had it hard because we couldn't talk about violence against women and girls against us My experience was we could speak of it only to our friends in secret We couldn't tell anyone else when we were raped and molested There was no 247 cable channel devoted exclusively to murder no barrage of programs about it no true crime podcasts web sites or social media The term 'serial killer had not yet been coined We knew our own experiences but lived in a bubble for me and a lot of us until Tori Amos's Me and a Gun Now there's so much out there it's taken a toll on some members of Olivia's generation in ways I hadn't thought about until I read Life of the Party People like her sensitive and scared can watch and read and listen and ruminate about it constantly It's with her since she was a childA lot of her poems deal with crimes against women often murder She also writes about relationships with male and female partners and about her babysitter But murder is never far from her mind The poem from which the following excerpt is taken is about how eleven sets of adult female bones were found buried together near her home in New Mexico The bones belonged to one black and ten Hispanic sex workers She was a teenager when they were found but the oldest bones were buried there when she was still a childfrom Eubank Candelaria 2009I have heard men refer to the number of womenthey've slept with as their body countIn 2009 out by the volcanoesa mass grave eleven women and one fetusfound buried in a row like white linesin a parking lotThe papers named himthe West Mesa Bone Collectorand named the girls transientand troubled and missing for yearsGatwood who is white addresses the contrast in how women of color who are murdered are dealt with by society mass media and police in contrast to white women The most accessible poem in the collection is about JonBenet Ramsey It's tighter than some of Gatwood's other work but has no subtext JonBenet was just a few years younger than Olivia who shows tenderness for the victim but no one elsefrom Murder of a Little Beautydab your eye we know you like it goryonly the blondes get a cover storygirls go missing right around the cornerbut she needs a tiara for us to mourn hernaturally attractive exceptionally brighthow many ways can we say the word whiteSo true and so well said There were poems I totally didn't get That's normal for me and a lot of us with poetry but something tells me her generation understands what I didn't I appreciate the writing her directness and strong voice I recommend this to anyone who can handle it and I don't only mean the triggers I mean the sadness too Her generation and future ones know so much about so many things it's a blessing and a curse Still even today some girls have no one to talk to about these things I'm glad they have the powerful voice of Olivia Gatwood to validate their experiences and emotions And I'm glad the rest of us do too