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Kissing Dead Girls

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Gertrude Stein's work is co-opted and re-imagined in an attempt to unravel the relationship between love and war; Walt Whitman makes a command performance in dismembered bits of forced, formal verse; and "The Exorcist" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" are sutured together in an attempt to locate the horror of desire. Fusing pornography and postfeminist theory, transcript and ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published 2007 by Soft Skull Press
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Annie
Utterly gorgeous, provocative, enticing book of poems. Gottlieb is incredible - bought this book after meeting her at Bluestockings in NYC. A contemporary Sylvia Plath in her depth, insight, and mastery of words.
Couch Gremlin
Beautifully disturbing poetry. Uniquely writin
Mike Lindgren
San Francisco-based performance poet Daphne Gottlieb is one of the most innovative voices in American poetry today, having carved out a space for herself out on the distant intersection of avant-garde verse, feminist theory, and popular culture. Her latest volume, Kissing Dead Girls, is another gleeful, high-speed smear of mordant humor, historical mash-up, and feral exploration of bodies, hearts, fluids, emotions, and scars. If in total the book is less startling and focused than Final Girl, he ...more
Aaron
A beautiful, beautiful collection of poems. I found this book by chance at a small bookstore in Missouri and I picked it up based on what I saw while flipping through its pages. Gottlieb creates an extremely interesting tone throughout the whole book with her motifs of the dead girls and the odd, fluid, but wholly tender and sweet sexuality she presents in the more intimate poems (and there are a lot of intimate poems in this one). I only found a handful of poems I didn't care for, but I still d ...more
Christy
I first saw her read on a trip to San Francisco...I had no clue who she was, but by her style, could kind of guess what she was about. And when she started reading, she was so strong, so powerful; a force to be reckoned with. Her poems moved far beyond what I expected, and moved me more than I can explain. I worried that it wouldn't translate to paper, that since I am not a poet myself, the book wouldn't contain that same spark that covered my whole body in chills when she read. I was wrong.
Tatiana
it's not really short stories. it's more like short pieces and poems intermixed with unclassifiable stuff. the entire thing is like walking into an art gallery. a lot of the pieces are based off something already in the world, an interview, a book, a painting. like any art gallery exhibit, there's stuff i love, stuff that's ok or not very good, and stuff i just plain don't get.
Pamster
I really liked Final Girl. I think she's awesome, and maybe I just need to read poetry much differently and more slowly than I do. Also if it was called experimental fiction, would I be way more into it and willing to take the time to read and re-read? Probably. I'm a dick like that.
Julie (julie37619)
I hate to say it, but I really just didn't get it. I think I really enjoyed maybe one of the poems in the book, but the rest just weren't for me. I either had no idea what the author was saying or I was repulsed by it.
Brandy Shark
Absolutely loved it. The poems were all fresh and provocative, so beautifully written. Vivid prose and verse. Several of the poems touched me quite profoundly. I cannot wait to read more of Gottlieb's work.
Angela
For some reason, this collection did not have the same impact as Gottlieb's others I that have read recently. I walked away feeling quite disappointed by it.
Jordy
A combination of wonderful, profound pieces and those that didn't quite reach their mark.
Elizabeth Kerns
This book of poetry is a heartbreaking.
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Daphne Gottlieb is a San Francisco-based Performance Poet.

Gottlieb has served as the poetry editor of the online queer literary magazine Lodestar Quarterly and was a co-organizer of ForWord Girls, a first spoken word festival for anyone who is, has been or will be a girl, which was held in September 2002.

She has taught at New College of California, and has also performed and taught creative writin
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“As she bends for a Kleenex in the dark, I am thinking of other girls: the girl I loved who fell in love with a lion--she lost her head over it--we just necked a lot; of the girl who fell in love with the tightrope, got addicted to getting high wired and nothing else was enough; all the beautiful, damaged women who have come through my life and I wonder what would have happened if I'd met them sooner, what they were like before they were so badly wounded. All this time I thought I'd been kissing, but maybe I'm always doing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, kissing dead girls in hopes that the heart will start again. Where there's breath, I've heard, there's hope.” 13 likes
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