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Little Venus

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The poems in this collection challenge the reader, tackling the hard subjects of child abuse, sexual exploitation, and the failure of some families. The character of the poems runs through them burning with rage and want in an incendiary chant that cannot be ignored. This is a haunting collection that lingers and provokes thought long after the last page is turned.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Tightrope Books, Inc.
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Margaret Nowaczyk
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Little Venus. The tales you tell.

With raw honesty and a language unafraid to name the beastly and the ugly, Carla Drysdale's L.V. poems tackle sexual abuse and incest. The anger is visceral, the fury palpable. On a subject that can never be hackneyed no matter how often explored, the poet finds new ways to incense.

Drysdale's erotic poems, just an unflinching, bring the reader full circle: to love respectful and fulfilled, to the happiness of mutual devotion. Let's hope that L.V. finds that
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Elevate Difference
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Little Venus, a collection of poems by Carla Drysdale, is at once hauntingly beautiful and disturbing. The poems are an autobiographical account of child abuse, sexual abuse, and a dysfunctional family, yet Drysdale manages to strike the difficult balance between beauty and horror. As her first published book of poetry, this is an impressive debut.

Last month I reviewed Sharon Doubiago’s memoir, My Father’s Love: Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, which confronted similar topics. Both women us
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Michelle Bailat-Jones
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The poems in Little Venus are intense little worlds - honest and vivid, powerful and passion-filled. The passion of rage, of love, of curiosity. This collection is both a gallery and a story. Individually the poems invite careful reflection - these crystallized moments of sharp emotion and image - and taken as a collection, this slim book delivers a thought-provoking and moving narrative of feminine experience.
Molly
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Carla Drysdale deftly manages a variety of forms and the just-right gritty details to give us a harrowing portrait of the artist coming of age in suburban North America. Feisty, sensuous, pained and coolly understated, Little Venus comes alive in tightly-made and memorable poems. Dark secrets, betrayals, the blight of her childhood grab hold of us and won’t let go. This is a haunting collection and should attract an enthusiastic audience.
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These poems are powerful and deserve to be read!
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Carla Drysdale's first book of poems, Little Venus, will be published by Toronto's Tightrope Books in Oct. '09. Drysdale received an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and has been published in LIT, Global City Review, The Same, Confrontation, Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature and others. She lives near Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband and two sons. "
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