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Lifting Belly

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Classic lesbian erotic poem by the mistress herself -- Gertrude Stein.
Paperback, 62 pages
Published July 2nd 2010 by Naiad Press (first published October 1989)
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Rebecca Marks' intro is sharp until it's not. When she started to instruct us as to what Stein meant with every goddamn syllable, veering stupidly into hear-the-lady-poet-roar territory, was when I stopped reading her bit and got to the good bit.

Stein's poem is a balloon, is sex, is a funny conversation while you wrap yourself up in the phone cord until you begin to lose your balance and then spin out again. Word witch. It's a classic erotic lesbian poem, did I mention that? Most importantly it...more
This book is pretty much the best stuff ever. If you can't get into it on the page, read it aloud without trying to listen to hard.
It's Gertrude Stein...what more can I say?
This is middle-of-the-road Stein, not too accessible, not too experimental: associative. Erotic in its rhythmics.

The phrase, in certain circles (households even), has become a shibboleth.

"Lifting belly is a special pleasure.
Who can be convinced of this measure."
I'd had a certain opinion of Gertrude Stein ever since a freshman lit teacher threw Stanzas in Meditation at us (my impression: "ABBBABAAA0RJKSNFNFNASKLNNNFKNKKGLLLLLLFFFFFFT.") This book turned that around.
What to say about Lifting Belly. I really enjoyed how fresh the last part became.
Ana Anderson
Be sure to read Rebecca Mark's introduction--it's wonderful!
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Gertrude Stein was an American writer who spent most of her life in France, and who became a catalyst in the development of modern art and literature. Her life was marked by two primary relationships, the first with her brother Leo Stein, from 1874-1914, and the second with Alice B. Toklas, from 1907 until Stein's death in 1946. Stein shared her salon at 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris, first with Leo an...more
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