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The poems in Emily O'Neill's You Can't Pick Your Genre endure. They riot. These poems are shining echoes from the Scream film series, but they are also warnings, testimonials, declarations. Emily O'Neill tells us, "Watch how practiced / you are, letting him practice desire on your disinterest." O'Neill re-renders the split-open bodies of women in horror films as testimonia ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Jellyfish Highway Press, Inc.
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Leah Angstman
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a neat, important look at the violence of women compared against the backdrop of slasher films. O'Neill's lines are great, and the message is one that will ring true to all survivors.
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Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, poetry
Emily O’Neill uses the imagery of slasher films to tackle the topic of violence against women and survival.

This collection of poetry begins with a strong statement: how girls are often treated like objects early in their romantic and sexual relationships. Each subsequent poem builds on that idea until the reader is immersed in the world of horror films.

O’Neill starts strong with one of the best dedications I’ve seen in a while, “for every survivor, every feral bitch.” The first poem is a real po
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Emily O'Neill is an artist, writer, and proud Jersey girl. New poems are forthcoming in The Journal, Minnesota Review, Redivider, and Washington Square, among others. Her poem "de Los Muertos" was selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of Gigantic Sequins' second annual poetry contest.She holds a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and teaches creative writing courses ...more