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The Haunted House

4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Poetry. Marisa Crawford's first collection of poetry evokes The Breakfast Club's angst with deliberate control and fresh upheaval. Centering on coming-of-age themes, Crawford is brutally honest yet careful in her representations and confessional moments--she invokes a preteen voice, capturing in detail female subjects, such as one who wears "cotton flowers on her undershir ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Switchback Books
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I've been looking forward to this book since I read some of Crawford's poetry in Action Yes (one of my favorite online magazines). Her book didn't disappoint. The poems were somewhat different than the types of poems that are being published by Crawford right now, because the poems in The Haunted House are all focused to the same subject: being a preteen/young teen. Because of the subject matter, it is hard not to compare The Haunted House with Karyna McGlynn's I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill ...more
Marisa Crawford’s poetry, and in particular her first collection The Haunted House, is characterized by its pop culture ephemera, hyperbolic performance of femininity, and subtle subversion of gendered tropes of childhood and adolescence. Crawford’s work is particularly enjoyable because of its tendency to foreground female interaction and female bonds in what appears to be a conscious response to the devaluation and/or complete erasure of female friendship within popular culture narratives.

Andrea Blythe
Marissa Crawford presents a collection of prose poems deeply imbued with adolescent girlhood. There's a the same sense mixed of delight and unease and wonder when reading the women of Marissa's poetry, as there would be in encountering a ghost for the first time. Pop culture slips into the poetry as easily as references to Emily Dickenson, who is really a pop culture princess and awkward adolescent herself.

I was continually surprised reading through these poems, first picking them at random, and
i love this book. i sought it out specifically at awp this past year and marisa was nice enough to sign it for me!
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Marisa Crawford is a writer, poet and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback Books, 2010) and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples Press, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Fanzine, Delirious Hem, HER KIND, Action Yes, Black Clock, Columbia Poetry Review and other publications.

(Bio taken from official website.)
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8th Grade Hippie Chic Reasons for Living: Education and Young People's Search for Meaning, Identity and Spirituality. a Handbook. Moonshot No. 5: Ritornello

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