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Lizzie Borden in Love: Poems in Women's Voices

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Women’s voices offering an intimate view into women’s lives

Lizzie Borden in Love , a collection of poems by national bestselling author Julianna Baggott, offers poignant commentary in the voices of women as varied as Mary Todd Lincoln and Monica Lewinsky. The poems often focus on a particular moment in life: Katherine Hepburn discovers the dead body of her brother in an a
Paperback, 88 pages
Published August 23rd 2006 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 30, 2009 Shaindel rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite poetry collections, ever! Baggott explores the lives of women throughout history, many of whom we haven't thought of--"wives" of "important men" and writes poems expressing their desires, fears, and frustrations. A must-read for poets, feminists, and historians.

A beautiful book!
Feb 07, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Aaah-stonishing. The charming photo on the cover of bathing beauties turning themselves into art is perfect for this book, in which a kaleidoscope of moments from women's lives form a pattern of feminine experience. I loved some, was cold to others, but isn't that how it is with other minds? Baggot always seems to write where my imagination goes naturally, and the scenes flashing by in these poems - little stories, really - remind me of those backseat days when scenery would flicker by and I'd w ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
Good poetry book on historical women in society. Personal favorites were "Helen Keller Dying In Her Sleep", "Ethel Waters' Mother, Louise - Raped At Twelve - Cannot Listen To Her Daughter Sing 'His Eye Is On The Sparrow', 'Monica Lewinsky Thinks Of Bill Clinton While Standing Naked In Front Of A Hotel Mirror', and more. Tells the stories of several women from Camille Claudel to Sylvia Plath, which why it was so interesting. Can honestly say I've never read anything like this... I'm a huge fan of ...more
Oct 13, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it
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Although four stars is probably too many, I need to give it four stars. There is just so much I like about the individual poems and about certain poems as a whole. Should probably get three stars, but I'm giving four based on "potential" or something like that. I ultimately just WANT to like this book more than I do--she just doesn't trust her readers enough for me to love it...too expository, contrived in order to give us historical context in a lyric poem. Is that even possible in a lyric poem ...more
Jul 03, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
I was a little loathe to vote on this book, because before my vote, there were five votes for five stars, four votes for four stars, three for three, two for two, and one for one. I was torn between 3 and 4 stars, and went for three because it destroyed the symmetry a little less. Plus I was leaning that way already. And I just noticed that this is book number 333 on my "read" list. Okay, three stars it is. But seriously, it is somewhere between three and four on my scale, if anyone cares.
Feb 24, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it
This book of persona poems gives a voice to women whose voices have been drowned out by history's rewriting of them -- among them, Norman Rockwell's wife, Mary Cassatt, Sylvia Plath, Lizzie Borden, even Lizzie's sister.

The voices Julianna Baggott gives us are powerful and bereft of power, enraged and entombed, full of awareness and full of sorrow, alive, and utterly clear. This is a beautiful book of poems.
Milford Public Library
Feb 22, 2012 Milford Public Library rated it really liked it
Novelist and children's author Baggott has compiled a highly accessible collection of modern poetry.
Told from the point of view of well-known wives, mothers and lovers, Baggott chronicles incidents in the lives of: two of Norman Rockwell's wives (Irene & Mary), Mary Todd Lincoln, Marie Pasteur, Helen Keller, Marie Curie, Sylvia Plath, Monica Lewinsky, Rodin's wife & mistress (Rose Beuret & Camille Claudel, respectively), and of course, the title character herself, Lizzie Borden.
Angie Orlando
Apr 03, 2016 Angie Orlando rated it really liked it
I love poems in voices, and this book does not disappoint. The author takes on the voice of famous worm in history, especially those involved in scandals. Learn what the women have to say: Lizzie Borden, Marie Currie, Helen KEller, Katharine Hepburn, Mary Rockwell, Sylvia Plath and more. There's death, darkness, madness and the desires of ow women.
Jun 19, 2010 Candace rated it really liked it
Beautiful. I read it from cover to cover and look forward to reading it again.
Aug 31, 2009 Christie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This was brilliant. Of all that I have read by Julianna Baggott, this has inspired me most.
May 10, 2013 Amber rated it really liked it
Brilliant and lovely.
Jennifer Saunders
Jan 29, 2015 Jennifer Saunders rated it liked it
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I wish half-stars were possible, because I'd like to have given this a 3.5. I love the idea of a series of persona poems in women's voices ranging from Monica Lewinsky to Lizzie Borden with a series of Camille Claudel poems thrown in for good measure. Baggott does a nice job of giving each persona her own voice vocabulary (Camille Claudel uses different words to describe things than Mary Cassatt does, and Mary Rockwell's voice does sound different from that of Helen Keller) and further uses titl ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
If the persona poem interests you, then this is the book to read. I adored these poems, every last one of them. They were all so delicate, empathetic, and surprising. My favorite surprise was the poem in the voice of Monica Lewinsky. Brilliant!
Jul 10, 2007 Qiana rated it it was ok
Nothing really striking about this book for me. Just some poems that happen to have met up in a book and got published. Lucky her.
Liz D
May 19, 2010 Liz D marked it as to-read
Shelves: poetry
Ta-Nehisi Coates recently mentioned this on his blog, and I'm intrigued, though perhaps not entirely sold...
Apr 21, 2013 Lee rated it liked it
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Better potential than execution, perhaps, but I can love it for the idea alone. Here is a book containing a poem in which Margaret Sanger addresses Ida Craddock.
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Aug 21, 2011 Stefanie rated it it was ok
Interesting take on poetry of women's history. Just not my bag baby I guess.
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