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I Am Not Your Final Girl: Poems

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  976 ratings  ·  252 reviews
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
Paperback, 92 pages
Published February 28th 2018 by GlassPoet Press
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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
Sadie Hartmann
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"'s not the Devil you need to worry about, but the devil you know." ROSEMARY (Rosemary's Baby 1968) Claire C. Holland
"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
"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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Daviau
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poetry is always either a huge hit or a huge miss for me. This collection was a huge hit to the heart for me. I instantly fell in love with Holland’s style and I’m already itching to read more of her work! This was such a mindblowingly beautiful and dark collection of poetry, this definitely won’t be the last time I read it. I loved that it featured poems about some of my favourite Final Girls and gave me TONS of movies to add to my watch list so I can watch them and then go back to the poems. I ...more
Robin Bonne
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tyler J Gray

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
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Poetry just isn't for me. The idea of this collection is really cool. All of the poems are based on horror movie heroines. My favourite was about Dana from Cabin in the Woods. I also liked the one about Thomasin from The Witch, and Rosemary from Rosemary's Baby. I honestly didn't like any of the other poems, and there were several where I have seen the movie but I didn't understand the poem, or didn't think it really fit the character. ...more
I'm not a fan of poetry, but I read this anyway because the idea is fantastic. If you're into poetry and you're into horror...this is going to be your new favorite read. ...more
Audra (ouija.reads)
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

The concept was way cool. Horror heroine femme poetry. I mean, hell yeah, right?! I wanted to like this more than I actually did. It just kind of fell flat for me.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Tantlinger
"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
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Horror poetry?!!! Color me INTRIGUED.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to reading and enjoying poetry. You could say that I'm not very well versed. I was intrigued by the premise of this collection of poems, I Am Not Your Final Girl by Claire C. Holland, that follows different final girls from slasher cinema history. Unfortunately my expectations for these poems did not match up with reality.

Let's talk about that real quick. From the title, to the cover, to the premise (I did not read the synopsis before reading these
Andrew Stone
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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}
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet sweet brutal revenge.

I Am Not Your Final Girl!!!
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Angélique Alexis Davis
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) ...more
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.
Cooper Beckett
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. 
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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?????
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Hello! I'm Claire, a poet and writer from Philadelphia, currently living in Los Angeles. My first book of poetry, I Am Not Your Final Girl, is available on Amazon.

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found reading or binge-watching horror movies with my wonderful husband, Corey, and my Wheaten Terrier, Chief Brody. I’m also a feminist (should go without saying but apparently does not), a tattoo

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