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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Unabashedly Girly

You need to stop what you're doing right now and check out this way-cool, way-smart interview between Arielle Greenberg & Danielle Pafunda, two very, very Gurlesque poets. 

Greenberg brilliantly explains how pop cultural (Jodi Foster, Charlie's Angels, vans festooned w unicorns, etc.) and gender-bending influences of the 70s (Bowie/glam-rock, androgyny), along with confessional po first ladies Plath and Sexton, have given rise to a new movement in poetry: The Gurlesque. It's a type of poetry where the frilly, feminine stuff is totally happening (bejeweled music boxes, lots of pink!), but where there's also a big dose of thwarting traditional narrative. Gender is bendy, too--what it is to be a girl, a woman, a woman who loves frilly dresses but kicks butt in the smarts dept.

But that's only a teeny, tiny rhinestone of it.  To get the whole pouffy-skirt picture, you gotta read the interview at Delirious Hem.

3 comments:

Finspot said...

Good post! I'd say you've got the hang of this blog thingy, right quick.

jeannine said...

Welcome Marty! Glad to have you here...

Peter said...

Welcome to the blogosphere Martha!

Fun post about the girlywirld. I'll have to check it out! 'cause you know even the guys like lace sometimes. *wink*