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by Stephanie Young (Goodreads Author)
Poetry. "PICTURE PALACE gives an old story a new language: girl grows up in church, thinks she can leave, but then years later realizes that despite all the things she's done to get out that she is still captive. That the girl sees this fact through the words and images of others is what makes Stephanie Young's first book since TELLING THE FUTURE OFF something so new, so m ...more
Paperback, 114 pages
Published 2008 by ingirumimusnocteetcomsumimurigni
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Apr 30, 2009 Joe rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fellini
Recommended to Joe by: 106.1FM
The book works through abstraction and reference, whether that reference be literary as in quotes of poetry or contemporary as in lyrics from Outkast. The book moves through numbered segments gradually working the personal lyric of the speaker in to different forms of articulation, ultimately concluding shortly after a series of screen shots from Fay Grim starring Parker Posey, superimposed with borrowed words. If there's an awesomeness here it lies in the acknowledgment that most of what we do ...more
Memoir goes to the movies and comes back as Parker Posey in a script by Yvonne Rainer. “That we could come of age inside another person’s coming of age story, or come to political consciousness inside another person’s coming to political consciousness story, haven’t people been doing that forever?”
I like the idea of live film narration, but I found this book incomprehensible. At times it seemed, like so much modern poetry, to be written by a random word generator. But I admit I had to read the whole thing in two days, so I didn't give it the kind of time it probably requires.