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Anna Nicole: Poems by Grace Cavalieri

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From the publisher of MiPOesias Magazine, a new collection of poems by Grace Cavalieri. Front cover art by Holly Picano-Rogers.
Paperback, 82 pages
Published March 7th 2008 by Menendez Publishing
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Melissa
Sep 27, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
These Poems are Fantasy, but seem oh so Real


At the beginning of the book, these words: "These poems are fantasy." I had to keep reminding myself of that when reading Grace Cavalieri's Anna Nicole because I found myself believing every word and forgetting that this is all imagination -- that is how real these poems are. It is as if I am reading a memoir written in poem form.
In Anna Nicole, Anna is not two-dimensional. She is alive and breathing again. Cavalieri gets into Anna Nicole's head lik
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Emma
Oct 23, 2008 Emma rated it it was amazing
This collection is ambitious, intelligent, and hugely imaginative - all of what poetry can be when originality converges with craft. It would have been so easy to mock the zaftig and tragic Anna Nicole, but Grace Cavalieri sidesteps the snark canon of verse inspired by celebrity and offers her subject compassion.

Good lord she needed it. These poems show an Anna that was always on the edge of self-awareness, of knowing how wrong and empty she felt, even as she preened for the camera or hid behin
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Cheryl
Sep 29, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
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Anna Nicole : Poems by Grace Cavalieri - Menendez Publishing - 2008 - 978-1434896087 / 73pps / $14.99

Poems, as one would guess, based loosely on the short and pathetic life of Anna Nicole. Her love of fame, men, drugs and her dislikes of their after effects. I’ve always had a bit of curiosity for Mz Smith, mostly why she tried so desperately to emulate Marilyn Monroe...even in her death (though I do hope that wasn’t her intent.) Her own fixation created the public’s and launched her into a fam
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Karren
Sep 27, 2008 Karren rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: general audience
Grace Cavalieri is a master of surprise. If you think you knew Anna Nicole, you are in for an eye-opening, jaw-dropping read. I think Anna Nicole could be the secret sister of Sarah Palin except Anna doesn't field dress moose. Check out the voices in the poem "Notes from a Distant Glacier." The poem begins with an interviewer asking her, "Do you want to be someone of worth? /Or do you want to be famous?"
Laura
Sep 27, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
An eloquent exploration of the cost of fame in our celebrity-obsessed culture. A wonderful and important book!
Dan
Sep 27, 2008 Dan rated it it was amazing
A touching and spirited look at Anna Nicole. You'll wish you had known her. Maybe you have.
Joseph Milford
Sep 29, 2008 Joseph Milford rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially poets
Recommended to Joseph by: the poet herself
In Anna Nicole, Poems by Grace Cavalieri, we encounter a poetic voice which succeeds in giving the troubled celebrity a voice, and in turn, provides redemption for all of us as we are forced to face our own fears, insecurities, fallacies, and fractured identities while exploring the life of a fallen pop-culture icon. Cavalieri treats her subject, Anna Nicole, with love, sometimes tough love, and makes her less plastic or tabloid for all of us. In an age where the idea of celebrity has become so ...more
Ksj
Oct 01, 2008 Ksj added it
Grace has the uncanny ability to humanize Anna Nicole and expose her innocence and vulnerability when the rest of only saw a sex symbol. This is a fascinating read that encourages you to look beneath the surface of the people that you meet everyday. This would be a perfect book club selection -- imagine the thought-provoking discussion! A must read. Katherine
Tara
Feb 25, 2009 Tara rated it it was amazing
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So far - amazing! My first introduction to Grace Cavalieri. I read about her in MiPOesias. I've become a fan. Love how she inhabits this woman, giving her sorrow and dignity.
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