The re-issued sequel to the acclaimed CUNT UPS.
In CUNT NORTON, the sequel to her unforgettable CUNT UPS, Dodie Bellamy "cunts" The Norton Anthology of Poetry (1975 edition), setting her text-ravenous cut-ups loose to devour the canonical voices of English literature. The texts that emerge from this sexual-linguistic encounter are monstrous, beautiful, unashamed: 33 erotic love poems ("the greatest fuck poem in the English language," according to Ariana Reines) that lust after the very aesthetic they resist. "These patriarchal voices that threatened to erase me of course I love them as well," Bellamy writes. Even as CUNT NORTON dismembers the history of English poetry, "cunting" Chaucer and Shakespeare, Emerson and Lowell, it simultaneously allows new sexual members to arise and fill in the gaps, transforming the secret into the explicit, the classically beautiful into the wonderfully grotesque. Bellamy's cunted texts breathe life into literary "masters" with joy, honesty, hilarity, and insatiable passion.
Poetry. LGBTQ+ Studies. Women’s Studies.
"CUNT NORTON’s a Frankensteinian body, its heterogenous parts sewn together and made animate or reanimate by a strong dose of fortified porn, but I see something even more rugged and radical in it: a Rabelaisian affair (sorry, I know Rabelais was French and I’m gesturing to the wrong tradition) whereby written English returns to the mouth and the organs of desire where it belongs, to become the fountain through which its own matter gushes—like Pantagruel pissing on the world to drown it (am I remembering correctly?) Dodie’s cunt-ups disgorge their own pleasure gigantically. And of course their pleasure can be all yours. I think this could be the most joyful book on earth." —Ariana Reines
Author WebsiteExcerpt from Cunt Norton @ PEN AmericaInterview with Dodie Bellamy @ The Poetry FoundationAdam Fitzgerald’s Review of Cunt Norton @ The American Reader
Dodie Bellamy is a novelist, nonfiction author, journalist and editor, known for her non-traditional use of sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation. Her work is frequently associated with that of Dennis Cooper, Kathy Acker, and Eileen Myles. She is one of the originators in the New Narrative literary movement, which attempts to use the tools of experimental fiction and critical theory and apply them to narrative storytelling. Her Ugly Duckling chapbook BARF MANIFESTO (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Other books include the buddhist (Publication Studio, 2011), Academonia (Krupskaya, 2006), Pink Steam (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2005), The Letters Of Mina Harker (Terrace Books, 2004), and CUNT-UPS (Tender Buttons Press, 2019), which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. Recent projects include CUNT NORTON (Les Figues, 2013), in which she takes the second edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry and sexualizes it in the language of porn and desire; Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative Writing 1977-1997, a Nightboat Books anthology she's editing with Kevin Killian; and When the Sick Rule the World, her third collection of essays (Semiotext(e), 2015). Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, The Beating of Our Hearts, was published as a chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and The Tv Sutras was released by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014.