by Carmen Gimenez Smith (Goodreads Author)
This distinctive collection introduces a new type of mythmaking, daring in its marriage of fairy tale tropes with American mundanities. Conspiratorial, Goodbye, Flicker describes the interior life of a girl whose prince is a deadbeat dad and whose escape into a fantasy world is also an escape into language, beauty, and the surreal.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 2012 by University of Massachusetts Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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I should create a shelf for Currently Re-reading. This is a fabulous recasting of the trope of fairytale as symbolic of lost innocence into a frustrated search for innocence in a fantastic world frustrated by the intrusion of reality (as in all reams. Highly recommended. Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection and their choices are by turns wonderful, challenging and sometimes frustrating but everyone has been worth the time spent. I should create a shelf for Currently Re-reading. This is a fabulous...more
A poetry book in which "the poet" appears as a meta-character - in this case, she's called "the sliver poet" - Carmen Gimenez Smith's Goodbye, Flicker, uses the structure of fractured fairy tales to illustrate a variety of broken girl archetypes, a sense of being "the other," the dangers around every corner in mirrors, long hair, frogs. Her work has a lot in common with Rene Lynch's series, "The Secret Life of the Forest" and in particular, Gimenez Smith has an owl-girl that keeps reminding me o...more
Formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, Carmen Gimenez Smith is now an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University, the publisher of Noemi Press, and the editor-in-chief of PUERTO DEL SOL. Her work has most recently appeared in MANDORLA, COLORADO REVIEW and PLOUGHSHARES and is forthcoming in jubilat and DENVER QUARTERLY. She is the author of ODALISQ...moreMore about Carmen Gimenez Smith...