I hardly feel equal to ever writing any reviews for Francesca Lia Block's books. How do you write something that does justice to her divine poetry and prose?
Psyche in a Dress is a poetry novel about a young woman trying to find her place. Filled with Francesca Lia Block's trademark mix of magic and reality, and glowing words and images, it sweeps you along for an emotional ride. The characters are beautiful and amazingly talented, but wounded, and need to find their place in the world. All are on their own journeys. I think we can all find a little bit of ourselves in her characters, and all long to find that magic in everyday life that her books evoke!
I can't truly describe it, you have to experience it for yourself.(less)
I enjoy my poetry rather dark and introspective, so this was a perfect collection for me. I tend to read my poetry in snatches- about five at a time,...moreI enjoy my poetry rather dark and introspective, so this was a perfect collection for me. I tend to read my poetry in snatches- about five at a time, and then laying the book aside, so that I can really appreciate the words and not rush through them. Due to this, and to the fact that I lost the book in the massive stacks on my floor, it took me a long time to finish it. But it was well worth it, and every word was treasured.
This was a transgressive collection that shocked society at the time, and it is easy to see why, with sections about worshipping the devil, alcohol, prostitutes, lesbians, and a rather delightfully dark poem about seeing a corpse and imagining how his lover will one day rot like that. Baudelaire's bravery in exploring all these controversial topics, especially in the era in which he lived makes me admire him in the extreme. It also seems from the philosophical elements in these poems, that they are not merely intended to shock, but are a deep examination of the themes within. This poetry was moving and made one really think about life. In some ways, it might be seen to serve as a sort of memento mori, reminding us of the shortness of life and the transience of pleasure, as other poems such as Emily Dickinson's nature poems remind us of the peace to be found within that nature.
This book is a must for any poetry collection. For those that need the translation (as I did) but want to see the original French words side by side with the English translation, I cannot recommend this version strongly enough!
I never took part in the actual challenge, it was long over before I got the book. But I remember my dad and I had a great time reading this book and...moreI never took part in the actual challenge, it was long over before I got the book. But I remember my dad and I had a great time reading this book and working out the clues together. somehow, I think we got all but one of them. Looking back over the book years later, I had no idea how we even worked them out. The pictures were also good, and the spooky story about the Hand of Glory never failed to give me shivers.
The poem bit of it went something like this.
'If all the household lie asleep A flame on every finger burn But if a servant be awake The others to their dreams return.'
Don't be fooled by the title or cover, this isn't a book of poems about S&M. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but what this is is a coll...moreDon't be fooled by the title or cover, this isn't a book of poems about S&M. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but what this is is a collection of Poetry from the Poemfone poets. There used to be this awesome thing where you could ring an answering machine and there would be a recording of a poet, reading one of their poems on the other end of the line.
I'm not an expert on poetry, but I think quite a few of the poets at least were part of the Beat movement. Anyway, it's a great collection. For a more informed review, check out Nicole Bunge's review below :)(less)