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I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  414 ratings  ·  38 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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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
Dc Lozano
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."

Michael Seidlinger
[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
Jonathan Lee B.
I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together is a cold shower that gets warmer but cold again.
Ryan Smith
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
Jan 05, 2014 Lia rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Bryce Christopherson
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.
Mar 27, 2013 Dom rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
makes me sad
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.
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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.
If I can trust my paltry math skills Gonzalez was a mere 20 or 21 when she put this, her first volume of poems, together. No question her youth shows. I mean everyone is entitled to the ageless topics of death and sex, but it takes a teenager to obsess in this particularly poetic way. Still, I enjoyed this collection quite a lot. Gonzalez is smart, concise, witty, agreeably vulgar. This book is nominated for The Believer poetry award. I would be be okay with it winning.
Danielle Doerr
I like how she incorporates physics and repeatedly talks about being inside someone else's face. it makes me feel like other people are similarly strange
I feel she could've (maybe ?) done more poetry about gentrification. I felt like that piece, the one about the house and the old woman, reached beyond the edges of the pages to address matters which weren't self contained. that was empowering for me, I think
Alejandro Morales
I definitely love Mira's book, I enjoyed each poem, mostly because of the direct way she speaks there about daily, but not at all ordinary, things in her life and, why not, in our own lives ("Everyone feels the same things over and over again"). I totally recommend this nice piece of poetry, that is more than enough beautiful.
I read this ~1.75 yrs after seeing Mira read from it for the Sorry House launch, read it all in one train ride (w/ transfer), really liked it. Esp. ones about dying, zombies, see photos in phone that I took.
Bill West
If an alien got stranded on Earth and had to finish out existence stuck inside a human vessel in LA, this is what her journal might sound like.
Matt Lewis
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
(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"

Winter Rose
Comforting, Sweet & Unique Read! I Loved It!
Meer dan terugkerende thema's als verveling, eenzaamheid en fatalisme kan ik er inhoudelijk niet in terugvinden (en dat is niet omdat ik niet heb gezocht). Vele gedichten op zich gelezen, betekenen letterlijk niets méér dan wat er staat. Toch vond ik het geen slechte bundel. Mira Gonzalez beschrijft dagdagelijkse situaties waarin we ons allemaal herkennen met een doorleefdheid die ik nog niet in poëzie was tegengekomen.
Tom Bensley
Finished it on the day I started it but am definitely not done with it. That's the mark of a good book I think, especially a poetry collection. If nothing else, an important staple in the new wave/alt-lit genre. Recommended for Tao Lin fans. Or just people who like good, honest poetry.
Niki Dubois
it was amazing -- the only disappointing thing was how I lost it somewhere around the house :c I quote it quite a lot, it's really influenced me. Wish I could order a new copy, but can't find one online.
Touching and sorrowful, this was the first book of poetry I've read in a long time that made me want to write poetry again and maybe the first collection of confessional poetry I genuinely enjoyed.
these poems definitely made me feel things, laugh too. overall i think that these are good poems and i would definitely recommend them to people who feel things like i feel things.
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