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Things I Say to Pirates on Nights When I Miss You

4.45 of 5 stars 4.45  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Poetry. LGBT Studies. "In both the historical and popular imagination of outlaw culture, the pirate occupies a central place as a swashbuckling, rogue seafarer driven by banditry and greed for treasures. In our literature and movies, he comes to us as skull-laden, eye-patched with gaudy earrings, a curved sword, in a ruffled, puffed-sleeve shirt. 'Out of the marginal space ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Fourteen Hills Press
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A exemplary first book! On one level, the author examines expressions of gender difference in its many guises, and, like her muse and confidant, the pirate Anne Bonny, in the eighteenth century, challenges engrained attitudes on her own terms. She does so with grace. On another level, this is a story of love and acceptance like no other I have read.
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This is a fun read, feminist, longing, and really nuanced!
This collection of poems was fantastic. It embraces both the personal and the universal quests to understand what it means to be who you are. In much poetry there is a disconnect between the poet and the poems, but Hyslop's poetry seems to almost have been torn out from her very heart and soul. The effect is a collection of poems that feel deeply personal, offering the reader the uncomfortable experience of being a voyeur, looking through a keyhole. It is the best kind of poetry.

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"Alice" and "Transition Period" are fantastic!
The entire book left me feeling stronger.. I love the creativity of reaching into the past into the dark souls of Anne Bonny and Mary Read. In particular "Anne Bonny Meditates Upon God's Law" was an interesting explanation for the pirate to have chosen her unconventional path in life. Well played, Ms. Hyslop! I'll be watching for future work.
This is an perfect compilation of pieces that, together, through Ms. Hyslop, tell the honest tale of strong women; pirates, plundering, murder, coming into your own, love and desire. It was an unexpected journey, with leaps and bounds, in which I became s pirate... and loved it.
sorry, just the "open seas of the heart" makes me die a little on the inside... just east of the liver. whatever that area is. if that is the soul area, that is what died when i read the description....
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Keely Hyslop was born in California’s San Joaquin Valley. She left the asparagus fields and Tule fog to study at University of California, San Diego; and then left the naval bases and sunny beaches to return to Northern California to get her MFA at San Francisco State University. Her publications include 400 Words, sPARKLE & bLINK, Forth Magazine, Poecology, Weave Magazine, Conversations at th ...more
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