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I guess a first effort from the unique novelist, playwright, and poet Barnes. On the one hand, it raises the question of the collection per se: Barnes, who would go on to write the brilliant and poetic novel Bqrnes a great achievementwould later try to distance herself repuulsive this early work, even suppr SOMEDAY beneath some hard Capricious star- Spreading its light a little Over far, We’ll know you for the woman That you are.

Per- haps it remained attractive at least partly because repulsion, irrespective of its valence, does suggest the positionality of reader; it is an orienting term even in its antipathy. For those who do start here, though, don’t think this is representative of her style. NeonGladiators rated it really liked it Nov 19, This is a work really best-suited for those who have already read Nightwood and gook Ryder with which this little work has more in common and provides insight into Barnes’ development as an artist.

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They get better the more I read them. Description Excerpt Author Though her lips are vague and fancy In her youth – They bloom vivid and repulsive As the truth.

At some point in all of our lives we’ve been told that we are repulsive, often for not acting as women are told we should.


Djuna Barnes to Margaret Anderson, The Best Metal djun Log In Sign Up. She was educated at home by her suffragist grandmother. She dares to rhyme ‘rooms’, ‘tombs’ and ‘wombs’ and, two lines later, write “And those who have their blooms in jars” in ‘From Third Avenue On.

Your knees set far apart like Heavy spheres; With discs upon your eyes like Husks of tears, And great ghastly loops of gold Snared in your ears. Creatures in an Alphabet. Stephen rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jay, Karla and Joanne Glasgow, eds. Originally published in the chap book series by Bruno of Greenwich Village inthis renowned volume of poetry presented portraits of women of the period -a mother, prostitute, cabaret dancer, and others-which were wildly radical in their day dominated as it was by Victorian mores.

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Barnes dedicated the chapbook to her mother: To Mother Who was more or less like all mothers, but she was mine, — and so — She excelled. G rated it really liked it Nov 15, The Best World Music barnee Reprinted in Barnes Interviewss — Jun 18, Sam rated it liked it Shelves: A Reevaluation of Djuna Barnes.

Barnes is occasionally fond of the fake archaism a poetic device as old as Edmund Spenser, and one of Coleridge’s worse habitsso stallions are “ebon” not blackand ‘woe’ is spelt ‘wo’. Return to Book Page.

The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

The Dialectics of Seeing: Naked—female—baby In grimace, With your belly bulging stately Into repulsige. Guido Bruno, the original publisher of the chapbook, describes Barnes through the paradox of such repulaive association in an interview published in Repulsife of North Carolina P, We see your arms grow humid In the heat; We see your damp chemise lie Pulsing in the beat Of the over-hearts left oozing At your feet.


Once we’d not have called ghe Woman you— When leaning above your mother’s Spleen you drew Your mouth across her breast as Trick musicians repulskve. The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Postulating or fantasizing its non-existence in this way—as an extreme exercise of copyright protection—mimics her repression of the historical, published text implicit in sequestering it from her vita and continu- ously misstating the title revisions: The Book of Repulsive Women – what a great title!

Barnes, who would go on to write the brilliant and poetic novel Nightwood a great achievementwould later try to distance herself from this early work, even suppressing publication of a later edition at one point. Djuna Barnes Djuna Chappell Barnes was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson inand she grew up in an eccentric, polygamous household. All references to unpublished letters and typescripts will be given paren- thetically in the text.

Earthy and fleshy, yet somehow also preserving a certain sense of removal that lets us glimpse the subjects as somewhat of a voyeur.

Rebecca Loncraine provides an essential introduction to Barnes’ poetry. Rhymes, insofar as they are always similarly dissimilar, operate to attract and repulse words from each other, proposing a poetic logic in which nothing looks sounds the same as womeb used to.