Poetry. The anthology GURLESQUE: THE NEW GRRLY, GROTESQUE, BURLESQUE POETICS brings together eighteen poets of wide-ranging backgrounds, united in their ability to push the aesthetic envelope through radical, femme, Third Wave strategies, and pairs them with visual artists who do the same. At the turn of the millennium, we are witnessing the emergence of a vital—perhaps viral—new strain of female poetics: the "Gurlesque," a term that describes writers who perform femininity in their poems in a campy or overtly mocking manner, risking the grotesque to shake the foundations of acceptable female behavior and language. Built from the bric-a-brac of girl culture, these works charm and repel: this work is fun, subversive, and important. Poets include Catherine Wagner, Chelsey Minnis, Dorothea Lasky, Tina Brown Celona, Brenda Coultas, Brenda Shaghnessy, Cathy Park Hong, Matthea Harvey, and Sarah Vap.
Reviews and Other Links
John Bloomberg-Rissman at Galatea Resurrects
Dan Magers in NewPages
Juliana Spahr in Swoonrocket
Kevin Killian @ Third Factory
Barry Schwabsky @ The Brooklyn Rail
B. K. Fischer @ Boston Review