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I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  841 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Mira Gonzalez's brain spans the weird space between bodies stuffed with Ambien and food and light from porn on laptops in an anxious, calming kind of way, one concerned more with what blood tastes like than how the blood got out. It is messed up and feels honest, open, like lying naked on the floor with your arms chopped off. --Blake Butler, author of There Is No Year

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Paperback, First, 56 pages
Published January 26th 2013 by Sorry House
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Dec 20, 2013 christopher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
when i first got this book i read it very quickly all the way through. i thought, "i really like these poems."

a couple of days later i was talking to my professor about my manuscript, and she asked me what kind of poetry that i liked to read. i took this book out of my bag and said, "i just read this, i really liked it."

my professor took the book and flipped through it and said, "they'll let anyone publish a book these days."

i struggled writing my manuscript after that and the poems i used ended
Mar 11, 2013 Dc rated it really liked it
2 reasons why this book is awesome:

"he is strong and gentle and you wish he was only one of those things"

"what is the difference between being an independent person
and being a person who is accepting of loneliness."

Jonathan Lee B.
Jun 11, 2013 Jonathan Lee B. rated it it was amazing
I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together is a cold shower that gets warmer but cold again.
Michael Seidlinger
Feb 05, 2013 Michael Seidlinger rated it it was amazing
[review forthcoming]

Age of "Alt Lit" and "New Sincerity." In my opinion there are plenty of inappropriate categorizations--what works vs. what doesn't work? Well, I'm not going to entertain the current catch-all designations. Rather, I want to focus on what we ARE experiencing in terms of what I'd call a vigilant sensibility, resulting in unabashed writing. How about writing that has no filter, writing that is every bit as intense as it is novel? No one wrote like this, and no one would have unt
Jan 31, 2014 Molly rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, 2014
i'm not sure what other people saw in this. there were two or three interesting images and turns of phrase, but it otherwise read a lot like some relatively well-written livejournal entries. a line break and lack of punctuation do not in themselves make a poem.
Ryan Smith
Oct 15, 2013 Ryan Smith rated it it was amazing
I liked this book quite a lot; it's spare and direct, but with associative leaps that explode, but quietly and in sun-faded colors. The writing bears many of the hallmarks of the 'style' usually associated with Tao Lin, but it does so in a way that felt earnest (one nickname among many for this style seems to be the 'new sincerity' movement, which seems bizarre). Emotionally charged but at a remove--the real resonance for me comes from all its strangeness and surprises, the odd and lonely scenes ...more
Dec 04, 2013 菁华 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Read it in literally one sitting (like I didn't even get up to pour myself a drink in the poems that mentioned drinking/drugs) and kind of loved and hated it. Actually maybe I loved it and I am jealous or maybe I hated it but nonetheless enjoyed it, I don't know. I did think some of the titles were better than the poems. But I found her sort of matter-of-fact numb heartsore style very successful. I felt exhausted by the end. Kind of reads like a mixtape feels, for better or worse. Or like the be ...more
Feb 16, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this book because i feel like mira & i have a lot of positive/negative traits in common and thus my review is biased, but i thank her for putting into words the most beautifully meaningless (&meaning'ful') instances of this shit called 'LIFE.' mira has a very unique voice that seems like it could/should be universally pleasing. i was not expecting to like this book as much as i did. i will read it again & again while lying with a stoic face/sad insides stoned & a ...more
Luna Miguel
Jan 05, 2013 Luna Miguel rated it it was amazing
Poesía para esnifar.

Sexo. Adolescencia. Semen en el estómago. Versos que no son versos sino pequeñas historias muy íntimas. En la línea de Megan Boyle, Ana Carrete o Ellen Kennedy (esa pasión por lo anecdótico, por encontrar la flor en la basura, por desnudarse, psicoanalizarse, hablar de tú a tú...). Su primer libro I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together (Sorry House, 2013) es uno de los mayores exponentes de lo que está haciéndose ahora en EEUU. Una poesía tan distinta
Mar 27, 2013 Dom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
this poetry collection was superb. i'd read some of mira gonzalez's poems before, and was excited to receive my copy. when i did, i read it right away with a glass of wine. by the end, i felt very connected with mira and enjoyed feeling a closeness to another human being via their work. i strongly recommend this collection to anyone.
Bryce Christopherson
Apr 17, 2013 Bryce Christopherson rated it it was amazing
i think mira will be considered one of the 'greats' of whatever-the-hell literary movement is happening right now if she keeps writing. i read this book on the floor of my room in the dark using my cell phone as a light and i think i cried maybe 4 times and texted my ex girlfriend at least 1 time, so it was one of those kind of books. gj mira.
Oct 01, 2013 Zanahoria rated it it was amazing
makes me sad
Susanne schreibtwas
Nov 12, 2015 Susanne schreibtwas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2015
„dass du nichts erschaffen oder fühlen kannst, das niemand zuvor gefühlt hat“

Eine Bekannte überreichte mir vor ein paar Tagen ein Buch mit Gedichten mit den Worten: „Ich kann damit nichts anfangen. Das hört sich an wie meine alten Tagebucheintragungen aus Teenagertagen. Vielleicht magst Du es ja.“ Ich war mir nicht sicher, ob ich das nun als Kompliment verstehen sollte im Sinne von: „Du bist ja so literarisch. Vielleicht kapierst du, wie die Autorin das meint, ich nicht.“
Oder ob es eher eine Art
Jul 31, 2015 Nice rated it did not like it
Banality cannot be made interesting through line breaks.

Alt-lit poets all sound the same. Tone, content, lack of style--they're all the same.

It was snowing and you were kind of beautiful
We were in the city and every time I looked up
Someone was leaning out a window, staring at me
it was late and we were on drugs
my body felt weak or depleted
you were was facing away from me
my hand was barely touching your arm
I told her I’m sorry I’m the thing you like
She touched my ears and poured me coffee
We walked
Apr 17, 2013 Zan rated it it was amazing
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Mar 08, 2015 anaïs rated it it was amazing
probably this is one of the most honest, straightforward and modern poetry books i've ever read. mira gonzalez captures the tensions and worries of youngsters all along her poems in a really witty and funny way that the reader enjoys very much. also, the images she creates are strong and are entangled with the quotidian and the dull which makes a wonderful and interesting combo, creating a very interesting collection of poems that constitute a generational song.
Jamie Gaughran-Perez
There's some great ones in here (holy shut the babysitting poem). And in the end I'm let wondering about what should be a book and what should be a flow / stream / blog / whatever. These are questions that won't matter in 10 years, or will be a bit different at least, but no harm in wondering them now.

I wonder what comes next from MG -- I'll look out for it.
vi macdonald
There's a strange and indescribable quality to what makes these poems so beautiful.
Dec 15, 2016 Efemia rated it really liked it
Stark modern poetry. Overwhelming numbness; smooth words belying dark sentiments. An achingly honest portrait of the privileges and pitfalls of womanhood, medication (self- or otherwise) and the internet.
Zoe Ziegler
Feb 14, 2017 Zoe Ziegler rated it liked it
Very honest, some nice language, some relateable moments, little nuance.
Mar 11, 2015 Mo rated it it was ok
I was super excited to read this and then I was a bit disappointed. I wish I related to it more, but I'm just not sad or anxious or fucked up enough to, at this point in my life. Maybe give me a couple years and this'll be what 22 feels like? That sounded really insensitive and awful. I don't know. A couple of poems really got to me, and a few lines punched me in the gut, but they were kind of lost in this weird indecipherable seemingly random pool of words. Some poems seemed to have no point. I ...more
If I had read this book a few months or even years ago, I believe I would have loved this novel with a desperate heart. The more I read Gonzalez' work, the more I felt a tumor of dread reaping my insides. Many of these feelings are profoundly similar to ones that I've felt, and I, too, was once in such an unwanted frame of mind that I often spent hours sobbing on my bed.

But I am healing. And as heartbreakingly beautiful as her words are, I don't believe I'll be able to revisit them for a long wh
Chris Drew
Jun 17, 2015 Chris Drew rated it liked it
One of the reasons I find reading books of poetry unique, is the accumulated experience of so many perspectives and examples of a single authors work. Mira Gonzalez's poems are equal parts indulgent and self-loathing, distant yet intimate, and so simple and explicit as to beg a reaction. At first glance one or two of these poems on their own are shallow, but when a few dozen of them click together here, the shallowness in each becomes a thin strip of revelation building towards a clear vision of ...more
Eric T. Voigt
Jan 08, 2014 Eric T. Voigt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-sixteen
Mira Gonzalez made me so sad when she wasn't making me laugh. Lots of talk about isolation and unsatisfactory relationships and drug abuse. Occasionally tongue-in-cheek about those serious topics, frequently point-blank and frown-inducing. Here's a neat half of the poem 'today I drove to a house and took care of a baby': "I walked the baby to a park/she crawled and waddled around the grass/she picked some flowers and tried to put them in her mouth/she threw slices of bread at birds/I said 'try t ...more
Dec 06, 2016 niels rated it really liked it
loves her words and pictures
likes her poetic touch on dumb things
and her youth and averageness
May 15, 2016 Louise rated it it was amazing
I recieved a copy of this book while I was working on some writing of my own, feeling stuck and unable to express myself. Everything I wrote felt like trite copies of shit and all the poetry I read seemed old and annoingly ornamental.
I opened Mira Gonzalez' book without any idea of what it was, and loved it from the beginning. Her language felt fresh and new, and she wrote about stuff I could relate to in a way I realized I was missing. I've re-read this book many times. I don't find anything n
Matt Lewis
Nov 25, 2014 Matt Lewis rated it really liked it
Shelves: small-press, poetry
It would be so easy to make this style of writing trite and uninteresting, but Gonzalez has the talent to nail it. She masterfully can take a single sentence and make the reality of it cut like a knife. The questions she raises and leaves for us to answer will leave you reeling. This is a document of pain, depression, and despondence for the modern age, told with an unflinching realism. Gonzalez is not trying to impress anyone; these are words of emotional honesty, curated in a manner which many ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Curtis rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
(4.5 Stars) Oh, to be young, pretty, and über-talented.
I was filled with envy and admiration as I read this book. These poems are exquisitely undemanding, organic and naïve. Some of my favorites include:

"Ryan Gosling"

"You will roll around in an empty parking lot with him..."

"Untitled 2"

"I can read a novel out loud while you lie on my floor..."

"McSweeney's caused global warming"

"I wrote a novel about you and saved it to my drafts folder"

"It is June and he wants to leave your room"

"Untitled 5"

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