The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

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The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

The Book of Repulsive Women Rhythms and Drawings Originally published in the chap book series by Bruno of Greenwich Village in this renowned volume of poetry presented portraits of women of the period a mother prostitute cabaret dancer and

  • Title: The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings
  • Author: Djuna Barnes
  • ISBN: 9781557131737
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally published in the chap book series by Bruno of Greenwich Village in 1915, this 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 s But there is still in these rhythms a seething beat of sexuality and vice, whipped up Originally published in the chap book series by Bruno of Greenwich Village in 1915, this 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 s But there is still in these rhythms a seething beat of sexuality and vice, whipped up into a delicious sense of perversity by Barnes s art On the evidence of Barnes s numerous other works, most of which included art that was interleaved with her writing, Messerli has restored the drawings which in the Bruno edition appeared in the back, after the poem s to the front of the book so that they can create an interplay with the texts.

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    1. J.M. Hushour on said:

      An endlessly fascinating person in her own right and a great novelist, Djuna Barnes is not a very good poet. This collection is one of those ones that much was made of at the time of their publication in a collection, heralded as "Lesser-known gems". Always be wary of the term "lesser-known gems", for it often means, "shit for the OCD completist" and this is definitely the case here.Barnes' has a nice grip on language, but her themes are banal and she's a sonance-rhyming poet, which I can't stan [...]

    2. Alan on said:

      Her first book. She has not expanded, here, into the galaxy she will become. The seed is here, but it is small. Some of the weird, stunning, evil precision---unequaled in English since Shakespeare, I say without blinking---is here, but hardly, tinily. These are ditties. Where is the mind-twisting surgical acidity? The arch, brokenhearted, wicked truth? The grotesque delirium and hilarity?Almost. Getting dressed. Coming!:"Though her lips are vague as fancyIn her youth—They bloom vivid and repul [...]

    3. Adriana Scarpin on said:

      Twilight of the IllicitYou, with your long blank uddersAnd your calms,Your spotted linen and yourSlack’ning arms.With satiated fingers draggingAt your palms.Your keens set far apart likeHeavy spheres;With discs upon your eyes likeHusks of tears;And great ghastly loops of goldSnared in your ears.Your dying hair hand-beaten‘Round your head.Lips, long lengthened by wise wordsUnsaid.And in your living all grimacesOf the dead.One sees you sitting in the sunAsleep;With the sweeter gifts you hadAnd [...]

    4. Nate on said:

      My first foray into the biting sensuality of Djuna Barnes. There is so much sex and revolution packed in layers into this book of poetry and illustration. It would be considered progressive feminism today, 97 years after it was written. Which is a testament both to Barnes's literary importance and our present society's seeming inability to come to terms with female sexual liberation. It's a hell of a read. It's daring, sensual, polemic, but never accusatory or uncomfortable to read. And Barnes d [...]

    5. Sam on said:

      SUICIDECorpse A THEY brought her in, a shattered small Cocoon, With a little bruised body like A startled moon; And all the subtle symphonies of her A twilight rune. Corpse BTHEY gave her hurried shoves this way And that. Her body shock-abbreviated As a city cat. She lay out listlessly like some small mug Of beer gone flat.

    6. Lauren on said:

      I've been meaning to read Djuna Barnes for years but have been terribly lazy about it. So when I learned she wrote a short poem/art book, I figured that would be the ideal (easy) way to start reading her.The Book of Repulsive Women - what a great title! I think it's something that would resonate with most women. 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. It's also an interesting title because of its relationships to [...]

    7. Emily Joyce on said:

      The first thing that struck me about reading Barnes's poetry was how it reminded me of my first favorite poet ever, Marianne Moore. The same Modernist tone and the use of Imagism - and of course I flipped over the book and Marianne Moore had written a byline. This collection is like a briefer, chattier, sexed up Moore- but it also lacked Moore's polish and breadth.It is interesting to consider that Barnes rejected this collection, and the only reason it is still in print is that it wasn't copyri [...]

    8. Kobita on said:

      This is the body talking, but the mouth is outside the body, or perhaps the eyes. The mind is in the frame, the mind is the frame. One is only left to wonder 'is this the poet's mind or mine?''And hear your short sharp modern Babylonic cries.'

    9. Jackie on said:

      Djuna Barnes was a writer and journalist in New York and Paris in the 1920's and 1930's. Repulsive Women is a short volume of poetry and illustrations. Now I need to read her novel, Nightwood.

    10. Katie Ross on said:

      Received as a gift from my mentor and friend, this collection of poems is a fine, portable, and beautifully published book.

    11. peaseblossom on said:

      Short collection of poems from a poet who really deserves to be read more widely. Seriously, she's fantastic.

    12. Patrick Nichols on said:

      Though her lips are vague as fancyIn her youth - They bloom vivid and repulsiveAs the truthEven vases in the makingAre uncouth.

    13. Ben on said:

      SOMEDAY beneath some hard Capricious star-Spreading its light a little Over far, We'll know you for the womanThat you are. If one is looking for an introduction to Djuna Barnes this is not the place to start. The work consists of 8 short rhythms and 5 drawings and is one of Barnes' earliest published works (first appearing in 1915). Barnes, who would go on to write the brilliant and poetic novel Nightwood (a great achievement), would later try to distance herself from this early work, even suppr [...]

    14. Holly on said:

      Fairly uneven work. There were a few poems here that I read half a dozen times and never could find much meaning in. But there were also a few really fabulous poems I will want to read over and over because they are so full of meaning, "The Personal God" chief among them.

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