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.
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