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Juliet Cook

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Juliet Cook's first full-length poetry collection--HORRIFIC CONFECTION--is available as a free BlazeVOX ebook!


She also has oodles of print and online poetry chapbooks published in a variety of sources.

In addition to being a poet, she is the editor of a one-woman indie press, Blood Pudding Press, which specializes in poetry and artsy little misfit offerings.

She also edits Blood Pudding Press's spooky little sister in the form of an online literary publication called Thirteen Myna Birds.

Find out more Juliet stuff at The Poetic Pursuit of Juliet Cook

NEW! Two of my Internal Suffocation Poems are appearing in LIVE NUDE POEMS!

I am very excited to announce that two of my Internal Suffocation poems are making an appearance in Live Nude Poems today! Thank you very much to Rusty Barnes and Heather Sullivan! 


"Acidic vomit drips

from a vulture's mouth. Clotted

saliva is mixed up with blood then rots.

The good parts get eaten up and shit out."

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“I once typed 'vagina dentata' into dictionary.com and it asked me, 'Did you mean giant anteater?”
Juliet Cook

“my pulse points a strained mermaid into the sky
hot gardenias frothing between thighs

dripping like frenzied silkworms, thrusting then erupting

-from the poem 'Stigmata Flicker”

“Part of the truth is I love the deer from a distance,
the same way a lot of people love me.
I just don't want them close-up staring directly
into my eyes before they knock me down.”
Juliet Cook

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“Poetry is the language of intensity. Because we are going to die, an expression of intensity is justified.”
C.D. Wright, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil

“I am suggesting that the radical of poetry lies not in the
resolution of doubts but in their proliferation”
C.D. Wright, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil

“Almost none of the poetries I admire stick to their labels, native or adopted ones. Rather, they are vagrant in their identifications. Tramp poets, there you go, a new label for those with unstable allegiances.”
C.D. Wright

“If the incision of our words amounts to nothing but a feeling, a slow motion, it will still cut a better swath than the factory model, the corporate model, the penitentiary model, which by my lights are one and the same.”
C.D. Wright, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil
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“Nobody reads poetry, we are told at every inopportune moment. I read poetry. I am somebody. I am the people, too. It can be allowed that an industrious quantity of contemporary American poetry is consciously written for a hermetic constituency; the bulk is written for the bourgeoisie, leaving a lean cut for labor. Only the hermetically aimed has a snowball's chance in hell of reaching its intended ears. One proceeds from this realization. A staggering figure of vibrant, intelligent people can and do live without poetry, especially without the poetry of their time. This figure includes the unemployed, the rank and file, the union brass, banker, scientist, lawyer, doctor, architect, pilot, and priest. It also includes most academics, most of the faculty of the humanities, most allegedly literary editors and most allegedly literary critics. They do so--go forward in their lives, toward their great reward, in an engulfing absence of poetry--without being perceived or perceiving themselves as hobbled or deficient in any significant way. It is nearly true, though I am often reminded of a Transtromer broadside I saw in a crummy office building in San Francisco:

We got dressed and showed the house

You live well the visitor said

The slum must be inside you.

If I wanted to understand a culture, my own for instance, and if I thought such an understanding were the basis for a lifelong inquiry, I would turn to poetry first. For it is my confirmed bias that the poets remain the most 'stunned by existence,' the most determined to redeem the world in words..”
C.D. Wright, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil

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message 61: by Juliet

Juliet Elizabeth O'Neill wrote: "Hi, how are you. Do you fancy reviewing my book 'A Broken Shell of a Man' sometime, no rush. If you do I'll send you a copy to your e-mail address."

Hello there. Thank you for asking, but I can't take on any reviews right now. Best of luck with your book.


Elizabeth O'Neill Hi, how are you. Do you fancy reviewing my book 'A Broken Shell of a Man' sometime, no rush. If you do I'll send you a copy to your e-mail address.

message 59: by Jaree

Jaree Francis

Free sample of the There's No Tomorrow

message 58: by Juliet

Juliet Added my new poetry chapbook POST-STROKE if anyone is interested.

Here is a small description:

Juliet Cook's new 2011 poetry chapbook, created by Blood Pudding Press for DUSIE Kollektiv 5.

POST STROKE is a small hand-designed snippet of ten new poems and more.

About a year ago, Juliet Cook suffered from an unexpected carotid artery dissection, bleeding out by 99%, aneurysms, and a stroke - and this strange sensation inspired the poems within this collection.

Find out more and/or purchase for yourself here:

Best, Juliet Cook

message 57: by Jaree

Jaree Francis Well hello, hello

- Jay

Christine Hi Juliet,just dropping by for a visit. I would like to invite you to check out Shadow Forrest Authors for charity and help support illiteracy issues.
We also have a SFA group here on goodreads. Have a great week.
Blessing CJ

Christine Hi Juliet, stopped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
Mariard Volume 2 Glass Pawns by Christine Jones

Join shadow forest authors and help stop illiteracy worldwide.

message 53: by Juliet

Juliet Rosa wrote: "Hi ,... I read some of your poems and reviews and I really enjoyed them,..."

Thank you very much, Rosa!

message 52: by Rosa

Rosa Jamali Hi ,... I read some of your poems and reviews and I really enjoyed them,...

message 51: by Juliet

Juliet At night, the dead: is alive at www.BloodPuddingPress.etsy.com

message 50: by Juliet (last edited Jun 09, 2009 03:58PM)

Juliet Some of you should submit to Thirteen Myna Birds; see guidelines at http://13myna.blogspot.com

message 49: by Dean

Dean Baker thank you for that add, Juliet

Christine Hi from down under Juliet, dropped by to see what's new with you. Have a great week
Blessings CJ
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Shadonna Have a great weekend!

message 46: by Juliet

Juliet Nanette wrote: "Juliet wrote: "The next peculiar print publication from Blood Pudding Press is plotting to be published in March and shall be named SPIDER VEIN IMPASTO.

At this time, I am quite excited to annou..."

Please do.

message 45: by W.B.

W.B. The deer leg man is under contract with David Lynch I think. So you'll have to negotatiate with that 500 lb surreal gorilla. Loves yr new pic. You gotta have some Native American in you to get those cheekbones. Native Americans are hot, whether it's Don Johnson or you or Cher. Be nice and take my darn Pizzicato Questionnaire quizzie some time. I'm dying to see your answers. I'm sure I couldn't predict a single one....xo B.

message 44: by Bradley

Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)


Dreamsbane of Tamalor by Bradley James Simpson

Marts  (Thinker) Hi Juliet,
Thanks for the add!!

message 42: by W.B.

W.B. Hey Juliet! Me too! But I took a few valerian to chill, and they make me tired.

You made me smile with your Facebook comment. I'm really hopeless on there. I don't even know how to respond to things on there. So people probably think I'm being creepy and ignoring them when they say things to me! I'm not!

I really hate Facebook...I hated the design before and I hate it even more now. Because before I was just beginning to "get" it.

And the applications! There's just too many and you just know they serve another purpose beside entertainment...it has to ultimately all be marketing shite.

And people are probably having a ball on there everyday and I see they have IMs on there now so it's probably the Big Scene, but I'm like the eighty year old man standing in the video arcade saying "help me!" But I don't want help, I just want to get the heck out and go sit in my scary armchair like every Bob WWII veteran.

Not really.

But that's how Facebook makes me feel.

I think it's cuz I'm on a computer that the internet is trying to kill off as a dinosaur...

I have a faster one that does everything downstairs but even on there Facebook scares me.

Facebook is like Auschwitz meets Tamagotchi.

I don't want to play.

I don't know why Goodreads doesn't scare me, but it doesn't.

The design is so much more human.

And the atmosphere just feels different...because people are talking about thinigs they love...books and they have much cuter avatars and quotes and all here...this is like a little teahouse or something and Facebook is like STUDIO 54 or wants to think it is...

Okay. Rant over.

Don't put another quarter in.

xo B.

message 41: by W.B.

W.B. Hi Juliet! I wanted to comment on your comment on my "luminaria." I think that is the right one. They are like little orange lamps. But FACEBOOK is like quicksand to my puter...I am going to commit Facebook suicide I think...I am going to start posting alienating messages to see how many people will "drop" or ditch me....I will continue this for like a month...and when the month is over..the ten or so people I have left will all be my spiritual soulmates and I will either remember them in my will or let me come pick over my artifacts when i kick off....

message 40: by Juliet

Juliet Dig into Juliet Cook's HORRIFIC CONFECTION if you dare: http://www.blazevox.org/ebk-jCook%20R...

message 39: by W.B.

W.B. I feel as if we are growing apart!

Which needn't happen!

I will commit to counseling if you will agree.

I miss your polymorphously perverse use/abuse of language.

I understand that your "Goodreads capital" is "committed elsewhere."

But please remember the edentulous ones who loved you so fervently when you yet had pigtails...and who helped you get those charges downgraded!

The felonious ones are always heartbreakers.

message 38: by Hertzan

Hertzan Chimera that is a lovely cover painting on Gingerbread Girl

message 37: by Juliet (last edited Aug 01, 2008 11:48AM)

Juliet Please feel free to take a peek at my new website, if so inclined. Comments, suggestions, questions, etc... welcome

Horrific Confection

Thank you! Juliet

message 36: by Matt

Matt Walker oops...i was doing the quiz just now and i figured out that it's really easy to rise quickly in the rankings if you just rapidly click through answers without reading the questions (incorrect answers don't hurt you, apparently)...and I realized I did that with some of your questions, which of course are some of the few non-manga, non-vampire, non-Austen, non-Green Gables questions. sorry.

message 35: by Letitia

Letitia Not henna...on this particular occasion it was simply face paint. I went to school in Seattle, and this evening we went to Teatro Zinzanni, a mini-cirque du soleil type dinner and show. Absolutely fabulous time! They came around to the tables and painted glittery designs on the girls.

message 34: by Letitia

Letitia Juliet, your profile pic just makes me smile...and I love your quotes!

message 33: by W.B.

W.B. Juliet, I thought you only reserved Ewok for your more "intimate" moments. :-)

I still have that picture in my head of you singing that Ewok song in school. Were you wearing a fuzzy EWOK hat with ears?


message 32: by W.B.

W.B. Barbara Guest!

She uses "azure" and it actually works! She gets away with it.

I think it's the poem where Balla's women are descending a staircase.

I think it might be the poem that has the great line "Hecate managed me" but I'm not sure.

I think she also says "futurally-stoppered" in the poem.

Barbara Guest always makes me wish there were more words in the English language. I can think of many poets who make me wish very often there were less.

message 31: by W.B. (last edited Jun 18, 2008 04:13PM)

W.B. yuz yaz yuz!

i think we're inventing a new language.

i'm not sure it will be a great one for discussing literature in, but it might feel better on the tongue.

message 30: by W.B.

W.B. Ya ya ya! :-)

message 29: by W.B.

W.B. Hi Juliet. You have been very much on my mind recently, and my dereliction towards your fine work has plagued me! I must learn discipline, but as you can see from even a cursory examination of the particulars of my existence, my mind is like the thick mud (cruelly the enticing color of a Kahlua mix) & racing crush of detritus that thronged the Sumatran streets after the tsunami. Or as they would say, much more succinctly, on South Park: "Dude, that's fucked up!"

message 28: by Nicole

Nicole my little locked-away petal: thanks for reminding me of VC Andrews (or the ghostly remains of whomever wrote those books). total flashback on this rainy day.

message 27: by W.B.

W.B. I am not at home, but was told I have something from Ms. Cook awaiting me. MERCI! You are my first review coming up....I have had an erratic week...ups and downs...but weekend should give me an island of concentration...

message 26: by W.B.

W.B. Ah sorry to hear you are experiencing the flu! This year is bad, and the vaccines aren't working either, they say!

But I swear I tasted spring in the air today, so soon we will all be cavorting in flowers....

Then the cops will cite us for "illegal cavorting."

But the Sun will cheer us up anyway.

xo Bill

message 25: by W.B.

W.B. Juliet, Love...I reviewed Dan Featherston's latest book on my blog tonight.

You're up next. I'm going to review both your chaps (which I loved) on my blog...sometime in the next week.

Just wanted to let you know...and I especially loved GIRL GANG...just a brill suite....

xo B.

message 24: by W.B.

W.B. GIRL GANG is also brill.

Very cinematic, very original work.

I love works which invent personae, page denizens, new myths....so few others play with this...Paul Zimmer has a largely forgotten book that does...and Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination was sort of brilliant along these lines...

I look forward to discussing these on my blog.

I have a coouple books I have to review first.

But I will really enjoy talking about these...because I've really enjoyed reading these.

message 23: by W.B.

W.B. Juliet, Dear, your yummy scrumdelyicious books arrived!

I have not opened them yet, but I have fetishized them for a number of hours.

These are gorgeously designed and seductively presented. It's uber-seduction!

I must save them for this weekend when my brain will be fresh and purified of work....then I will yak about them...

Thank you for practicing such ensorceling book arts! These are no ordinary books. These are books with mana & maya!

:-) MERCI!

message 22: by W.B.

W.B. That one sounds awesome!

But maybe I will love this one too....

message 21: by W.B.

W.B. Juliet, Dear..."W" is my counter-persona to Bush's W.

This is why I sometimes sign my comments "I am W., the other good (or less evil) one, and I approve this message."

But the true mystery is much deeper...it sort of ties in to the question "Who is Bob" on Twin Peaks...only the Log Lady really knows the answer...

but she only whispers the answer to her log on nights of the full moon in a cabin out in the deep woods, while holding a glass eye to her pituitary gland...

message 20: by W.B.

W.B. I'm totally dominating your profile box...oh well eat all you want we'll make more as the potato chippers say...i'm sure it scrolls down infinitely...like everything today....government...credits...posthumous fame...

I am going to watch something on the google box (the other one soon).

some dvd rental. hope it's decent.

i love that they mail this shit to you now. that's really nice.

i loved the Moriarty quote. I think she's great...

i regret not picking up her recent Selected Poems...but i probably have 99.5% of it around the house anyway...

Your quote reminded me of one by Carla Harryman that appeared in the front of Aerial magazine in the 80s or 90s...

I will misquote this cuz it's memory but you'll get the gist...it's very Wittgensteinian...

"Two forces never cease threatening the world: order and disorder."

summat like that.

message 19: by W.B.

W.B. LOL @

"I also think I am going to kidnap Bunde, feed him a tainted cinnamon roll, and then teach him a highly cryptic interpretive dance move before I return him to you."

Caveat Cinnamon Roller.

But you never know.

Andrew Lundwall accepted some rather scatological poems by me that were supposed to be published sometime...I'm not sure if this happened and I missed it, or if I'm still in his publishing future....

He said something to me like "you're really fucked up. i like that about you."

But I think he said it more poetically. Nicer.

message 18: by W.B.

W.B. Juliet, your spiritual mastoid operation had me chuckling evilly.

I would get as far as the first cut and I would be shredded like one of those M.C. Escher faces in ribbons....

But I loved yr Diamanda Galas anecdote and visuals...

I think I would just melt into happy ghost neurons and become a medusa of light if I attended that...

Too otherworldly.

Andrew Lundwall needs to stop giving out good quotage.


message 17: by W.B.

W.B. You are very kind to link to me.

I don't do links.

But i will talk about you.

I think about you anyway, because you are sort of one of the most unusual writers on Goodreads.

And I will talk about you and probably yr book.

I can't imagine your book won't be as interesting as you are.

And probably it is you squared.

Books usually are.

message 16: by W.B.

W.B. I adore Diamanda Galas.

I don't have a lot of her stuff but revere what I do have.

My first exposure to one piece was the excerpt with Tilda Swinton from that Jarman film....

I linked to that on my blog...

I have her on some Giorno cds and stuff...but not one complete album...

awesome supernal wanderings...

message 15: by W.B.

W.B. Juliet...NOOOOOOOOOOO! Beware! Don't talk about HIM that way....he's terribly malevolent, maleficent...all the mal's....he even has grand mals.

His name is Bunde.

He's currently traveling...last reports locate him in Scandinavia.

He went there for some cutting edge therapies but once again devoured all therapists concerned.

They thought they were making headlines and all they made was one jaguar very satisfied.

I don't know what to do with him.


message 14: by W.B.

W.B. Yeah, I just found her because I was You Tubeing "Kathy Acker" and she came up...she did some interpretations of some great passages on there. Then I found her site and I was pretty much blown away.

Some of her chance noise/music is on the soundtrack of the latest Bruce Labruce movie which was just at Sundance and is now heading to Berlin.

Of course, Variety ripped Bruce a new one, but that's only to be expected. What do you expect them to make of a guy who uses porn actors and has a movie about a vampire who comes back from the grave and goes clubbing.

Bruce is all about the bad taste.

As if they didn't get that when his pictures were models bathed in blood...yet with erections and getting it on when they weren't killing each other.

Somehow this is where Walt Disney led...he did this...

message 13: by W.B.

W.B. Merci for the largesse, dude.

I am emailing you presently.

I bet I love it.

xo Double U Bee

message 12: by W.B.

W.B. Cocteau Twins???? Je t'adore.

Yes, I love the butterfly pieces. I have them on vinyl as well as cd and of course everything on my Media Player which today has gone haywire.

I like yr left-of-centerness & yr complete oblivion of, or refusal to play by, the poetry rules. I think it's the latter.

There is a poetry guillotine waiting, you know.

That's what they tole me.

And I believe them.

But you are a remarkable dude.

I will have to order your books shortly. I just overextended with some ABE purchases...and this amazing artist...

Kim Kielhofner...i just found her by chance...on You Tube and she has a site...check her out...

I ordered her book to accompany her filmwork The Legions of Horribles...it's the best thing I receieved all year...she's Canadian...

and she put all these handsewn editions of one books inside with original drawings and shit...

i'm like totally sensorially overloaded...

i had to hide them from myself...the drawings of the gerbils attending a Munch like funeral was too much....

my head was gonna explode....

the gerbils were observing propriety so perfectly....it was too much...too perfect...


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