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From Claire C. Holland, a timely collection of poetry that follows the final girl of slasher cinema - the girl who survives until the end - on a journey of retribution and reclamation. From the white picket fences of 1970s Haddonfield to the apocalyptic end of the world, Holland confronts the role of women in relation to subjects including feminism, violence, motherhood, s ...more
Kindle Edition, 91 pages
Published February 28th 2018 by GlassPoet Press
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Kat
Aug 20, 2020 added it
the poems that were based on movies i had seen/characters i was familiar with were quite enjoyable!
this is a pleasant surprise, as poetry is an uncomfy form for me to read and i honestly try to avoid it most of the time (yay for branching out tho)

however, i am refraining from rating this, bc i think to fully understand and fairly judge the collection i need to see the movies that i haven’t yet & reread the connected poems. a lot of work, but i am MORE than willing to watch a fuck ton of horror
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"...it's not the Devil you need to worry about, but the devil you know." ROSEMARY (Rosemary's Baby 1968) Claire C. Holland
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"She has teeth and claws and fight in this fight, but it will mean nothing to a man who says 'I like a girl with spirit' when what he means is, 'I like a girl that can break." JENNIFER (I Spit On Your Grave 1978) Claire C. Holland
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"Do you feel eyes moving over your body yet? You will. Cover it with cloth as thick as cardboard, they'll pare it down, peel it away, husk you l
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Mindi
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I picked this one up, and immediately after reading Holland's introduction I just wanted to stand up and clap. She so perfectly articulates something that I didn't even realize I was thinking. I love her use of the term "horror heroine". I often turn to horror movies to deal with all of the negative crap happening in the world around me, and I realize now that all of those "final girls" all of those badass "horror heroines" are what I need to make me feel good about the world again. For just ...more
Kimberly
I AM NOT YOUR FINAL GIRL: Poems, by Claire C. Holland, is a collection of poetry that pays tribute to various "final girls" of horror movies over the years. Split up into different sections, each poem has the title of a woman's name--underneath this, the movie the character starred in.

However, the book is really so much more than the sum of its parts.

My attention was immediately caught by Claire C. Holland's introduction. Unlike many that I come across, this one made me feel as though I was hear
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Stephanie (That's What She Read)
Blown away

Strongly recommend if you're a fan of horror movies and consider yourself a feminist. Some of these were so beautiful and haunting i had to sit with them for a moment.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
4.0 Stars
This is a fantastic collection of horror themed poetry. I don't normally consider myself a poetry reader, but I absolutely loved these ones. All the poems were incredibly powerful and wonderfully feminist. If I had watched more of these movies, I strongly suspect this would have been a five star read for me. This is definitely a collection I want to reread in the future as I watch through more iconic horror movies.  I would highly recommend this collection even to readers who don’t norm
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Robin Bonne
With what happened to me in my past, I can identify with the Final Girls of the horror genre. These were relatable for me and although some of the poems were about horror movies I had not seen, the underlying theme of pain and trauma was still clear.
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
The final girl trope is a prevalent one in horror films, specifically slashers, where once the action of the movie sets in and her friends are picked off one by one, the mild-mannered (generally “good”) girl has to suit up, grab a weapon, scream a lot, kill the baddie, and limp off into the rising sun, soaked in blood, forever changed.

And yet, women are not really depicted all that heroically in a lot of horror films. They are in need of saving, fall deep into stereotypes, and are constantly obj
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Tyler J Gray
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.25

I've been spoiled by diversity. As an afab nonbinary person, who has been raped and domestically abused (back when I didn't know the word nonbinary or understand I could be trans, so I thought I was a cis-woman, and it was by a cis-man) I have been through the same shit, the same feels. But i'm not a woman. I didn't realize that was a thing until I was 30 and even now I still LOOK like a cis-woman to people (i'd like to get top surgery at least but i'm also physically disabled so some things
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FabulousRaye
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
She lives

I am not a big fan of poetry. This poetry was absolutely amazing. I like that the poet used horror movies and final girls as the subjects. That's original (Not sarcasm).

I admit that I haven't watched all the movies referenced. I do hope the poet puts another book out.
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"Real women are final girls, and so much more. We are more than a trope. We're strong and slutty, quiet and confident, outspoken and sarcastic and we don't feel like smiling because we have work to do. We defy definition. And we're not going down without a fight."

I write a lot of poetry but I don't read much of it anymore. When I do, I like it dark and bloody and morbid like I like my books.

I Am Not Your Final Girl is a collection of 40 poems about the feminist perspective in horror movies.

Gritt
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Sara Tantlinger
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I have known monsters and I have known men," begins the poem inspired by Clarice from The Silence of the Lambs, but this line carries a lot of weight for the entire collection that Claire C. Holland creates. Each poem and each voice takes the Final Girl trope and smashes it beautifully just as this book smashes the patriarchy with its timely, proactive nature of women in horror standing their ground. Holland's language evokes something gorgeous and powerful, and each poem is so strongly told th ...more
Jason
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great Poetry

I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed my time. When it came to the end I actually muttered, “That’s all?” I wanted more, in a good way. Claire C. Holland writes with a passion that’s filled with pain, anger, and a strong point. The poems are all connected to a woman characters in horror movies, brilliantly displaying concerns and ideas of modern feminism. I loved it! I Am Not Your Final Girl deserves repeated readings
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Horror poetry?!!! Color me INTRIGUED.
Andrew Stone
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The creation of this collection of poetry is an excellent idea with solid execution. Each poem is (more or less?) an ode to a final girl from a horror film, and each poem (with the exception of a few) is named after the final girl it is inspired by. I Am Not Your Final Girl is an original, fiercely feminist poetry collection. Def recommended for horror fans.
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
Sweet sweet brutal revenge.

I Am Not Your Final Girl!!!
Veronica
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Real women are final girls, and so much more. We are more than a trope. We're strong and slutty, quiet and confident, outspoken and sarcastic and we don't feel like smiling because we have work to do. We defy definition. And we're not going down without a fight."
-Claire C. Holland

I put off reading this book of poems because 1) I need to be in the mood for poetry, 2) I have so many books on my TBR list, and 3) I was dubious about a poetry book where the theme is women and horror specifically the
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Alex | | findingmontauk1
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Claire C. Holland's collection of horror & dark poetry is stunning. Horror movies almost always have a final girl... the one girl to stop the killer and survive. But the rest of the movie usually has women playing silly roles and are extorted for one reason or another. In this collection, she turns up the female empowerment. And in a sense, she uses strong female characters from horror movies as the focus of each poem. Holland really gets under your skin with these smart, powerful, dark poems. 5 ...more
Cooper Beckett
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holland's poetry is not only lovely and bursting with feminist passion, but also clearly captures the individual final girls she's writing as. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Cynthia
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holland has created a unique and powerful collection of feminist poetry based on female characters in horror movies.

I really enjoyed this meaningful book. While I knew a few of the horror movies the poems were based on, I wasn’t especially familiar with most of them, and I think the poetry would have had a more effectual impact on me if I’d better understood the context. If I ever become better acquainted with all of the films mentioned, I might need to reread this, as I definitely see the pote
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connie
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, horror
Each poem in I Am Not Your Final Girl is told from the point of view of a woman in horror film history and the suffering they experience. 

Split into different sections based on the character, this is a collection about female empowerment and a woman's attempts to recover agency in a world so intent on taking it away from her. It explores their stories in different forms, not sticking to one style, and this only amplifies the desire for independence and the desire to have your words listened to. 
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Natalya
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I expected these poems to be creepy, and they were creepy in the best way, complete with “greasy bodies wriggling down dank tunnels” and “forked slimy tongues” clicking. What I didn’t expect is for this book to also be remarkably inspiring. Days after reading it, I’m still energized by this passage from “Amy”:

[…] You think I’m sweet,
candied to cloying, a thing to grab and put
in your mouth until I’m chewed to a pulp
and used up. You’re wrong.
I will adorn this body with scars, twist it
until it is
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j
Sep 11, 2019 added it
Shelves: genre-poetry
idk if i actually really loved this or if i’m just a sucker for any exploration of the final girl character. so

guess i recommend?????
Well Read Beard
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
So I was grabbed by the introduction. I don't think I have ever said that about a book before, Grabbed by the introduction? The cover of this book screams good old-fashioned bloodbath horror, but it is so much more. The intro really gives you a deep sense of where the author was at mentally, physically when penning these poems. It also highlights the ridiculously cool premise of the comparison of today's feminist heroes to the "final girls" from horror movies ( recent and classic ). The book is ...more
tattooedreader13
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first collection of horror poetry, something I never knew I wanted or needed, but loved deeply.
Jan Stinchcomb
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic poetry collection built on the trope of the final girl in the horror films of the past several decades. This is also a smart little book about women in the world, so don't tell me that you don't read much poetry or that you don't like horror films. If you care about the survival of women in today's world of violence and political compromise, then you must read this book. Claire Holland has provided us with a nice bit of film criticism/cultural studies in these poems. Finally, ...more
Angela
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, horror
Excellent feminist poems inspired by horror movies. I read horror but I haven't watched that many horror films nor do I read a good deal of poetry. These were really striking even without that background -- I was able to appreciate the feelings behind them even missing that last layer. I imagine horror film aficionados would derive even greater pleasure from this slim collection. I read this free on Kindle Unlimited but I was impressed enough to add the paperback to my must buy list. Highly reco ...more
Cassie-la
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This debut collection from Claire C. Holland combines two of my favorite things: feminist poetry and fictional final girls. Written in response to the 2016 election and the #MeToo movement (among other unfathomable goings on in the world), Holland’s poems explore the perspective of 40 female horror film survivors throughout the decades. Deeply unapologetic, this debut collection is a fitting tribute to final girls and the society that shapes them.

ORIGINALLY POSTED: https://bibliomantics.com/2018
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Luna
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know what to say, I didn't understand all of it but I really did enjoy it and the connection to each horror film and some of their final girls (and just lead girls if there wasn't one)
melissa
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Fierce collection of poetry based on female characters of horror films. There were a few I was not familiar with so may have to search those out.
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Claire C. Holland is a poet and writer from Philadelphia, currently living in Los Angeles. She has been a freelance writer for more than ten years. When she's not writing, Claire can usually be found reading or binge-watching horror movies with her husband, Corey, and Wheaten Terrier, Chief Brody. She is also a feminist, a tattoo collector, and interested in all forms of art strange and subversive ...more

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