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We Walk Into It Five walk into it Five beautiful stars This collection of poetry is hauntingly stunning A well crafted cautionary tale from A POETESS THAT IS A COMPLETE poetess that is a complete to be reckoned with I loved the very beginning where the author iscusses the rabbit hole of true crime she found herself falling How to Disappear down and how she asked herself what roleo poets play in true crime against young girls and women She goes on to write this frightening collection of poetry that I couldnt get enough of Well one Gatwood I can t wait to hold a physical copy of this gem to revisit over and over again I absolutely love Olivia Gatwood and her poetry but if I m being honest Life of the Party sat on my nightstand for a while It sat there while I read other things some for class and some for pleasure I knew I would have to be in the right frame of mind to really get into Life of the Party Gatwood s poetry while excellent is not easy It is not gently reassuring or encouraging Instead it asks you tough uestions and forces you to examine your fears and biases Sometimes you need to prepare yourself for itThe truth is It is a privilege to have your body looked for As a collection Life of the Party is interested in one central theme the romanticization of violence against women and what implications that romanticization has for women living in the world Gatwood s author s note itself could be the beginning of an essay collection on this topic She is so good at articulating her fear her fear that is stoked by both Olivia Gatwood 27 speaks with brutal honesty to women of her generation Poetry is subjective I found
some great and some not so much but she always speaks with great power In the introduction she writes about her great and some not so much but she always speaks with great power In the introduction she writes about her with true crime and explains how it began I m old enough to be her mother and I thought we had it hard because we couldn t talk about violence against women and girls against us My experience was we could speak of it only to our friends in secret We couldn t tell anyone else when we were raped and molested There was no 247 cable channel evoted exclusively to murder no barrage of programs about it no true crime podcasts web sites or social media The term serial killer had not yet been coined We knew our own experiences but lived in a bubble for me and a lot of us until Tori Amos s Me and a Gun Now there s so much out there it s taken a toll on some members of Olivia s generation in ways I hadn t thought about until I read Life of the Party People like her sensitive and scared can watch and read and listen and ruminate about it constantly It s with her since she was a childA lot of her poems eal with crimes against women often murder She also writes about relationships with male and fe. The many ways that fear and violence can be internalized in a woman's psyche At times blistering and riotous at times soulful and exuberant Life of the Party is about what it means to be a girl and a woman in today’s world and the ch. .
Male partners and about babysitter But murder is never far from her mind The poem from which the following excerpt is taken is about how eleven sets of adult female bones were found buried together near her home in New Mexico The bones belonged to one black and ten Hispanic sex workers She was a teenager when they were
FOUND BUT THE OLDEST BONES WERE BURIED THERE WHENbut the oldest bones were buried there when was still a childfrom Eubank Candelaria 2009I have heard men refer to the number of womenthey ve slept with as their body countIn 2009 out by the volcanoesa mass grave eleven women and one fetusfound buried in a row like white linesin a parking lotThe papers named himthe West Mesa Bone Collectorand named the girls transientand troubled and missing for yearsGatwood who is white addresses the contrast in how women of color who are murdered are ealt with by society mass media and police in contrast to white women The most accessible poem in the collection is about JonBenet Ramsey It s tighter than some of Gatwood s other work but has no subtext JonBenet was just a few years younger than Olivia who shows tenderness for the victim but no one elsefrom Murder of a Little Beautydab your eye we know you like it goryonly the blondes get a cover storygirls go missing right around the cornerbut she needs a tiara for us to mourn hernaturally attractive exceptionally brighthow many ways can we say the word whiteSo true and so well said There were poems I totally Agewise didn t get That s normal for me and a lot of us with poetry but something tells me her generation understands what Iidn t I appreciate the writing her irectness and strong voice I recommend this to anyone who can handle it and I on t only mean the triggers I mean the sadness too Her generation and future ones know so much about so many things it s a blessing and a curse Still even today some girls have no one to talk to about these things I m glad they have the powerful voice of Olivia Gatwood to validate their experiences and emotions And I m glad the rest of us A Village with My Name: A Family History of China's Opening to the World do too Maybe I am tired of hearing people talk about the murder of girls like it is both beautiful and out of the ordinary I have read Olivia Gatwood s New American Best Friend last year and as much as I feel like this book was better it still wasn t for me The topic is important butealt with weirdly and somewhat inconsistently This is of a prose poetry collection and I personally am not a big fan of it generally There are some poems which I really liked but the amount of those which left me absolutely confused instead of making a point are Anthropology as Cultural Critique definitely in the majority I think it s needless to say that Olivia and me are just not made for each other SO GOOD This is the absolute best I will make everyone I care about read this. Allenge of briefly being both In powerful piercingly candid language Gatwood asks Howoes one grow from a girl to a woman in a world wracked by violence What happens to our bodies that make us who we are Is this fear really irrational.
CHARACTERS ´ LGFLCMS.CO.UK ✓ Olivia GatwoodReally intense yet the writing style is Anyone damn too congested and boring I loved this book I ve read pfft hundreds of books of poetry in this blessed lil life and none of them made me feel riotously proud to have been a teenage girl In the book Gatwood is working through the rational terror of having a body the world thinks is theirs These poems mirrored validated explored and transformed so much anxiety and fear I have felt as a tomboy kid a teenage girl and as a genderueer adult working through persistent internalized femmephobia I identify as gnc and am excited to hand sell this to anyone who has ever been any kind of girl in this world The book gains and focus revving its engines all 147 pages so the girl notuitegirl femmeperson in theark knows there s a gang in the ark not to save her but to witness her saving herself It is apparent these poems were crafted with much love for anyone who has been or will be feminine or womxn or girl or femme or soft or betrayed Lastly reading these poems it occurred to my body that I might feel something other than shame My brain knows this has known it but it takes time for the body to know These poems spoke irectly to my body Afterward I felt strong for having been through what this world Boggs does to people it thinks are girls And I felt powerful I could talk for hours about howeeply I adore Olivia Gatwood s writing but I won t bore everyone No contemporary poet has ever in my opinion captured the raw experience of being a woman in bore everyone No contemporary poet has ever in my opinion captured the raw experience of being a woman in way that Gatwood Battleground Chicago does This collection captures the fear the anxiety and the hatred which come with womanhood but also the joy and the curiosity I love this collection and have already recommended it to pretty much everyone I know I ve read some poetry over the years and I veiscovered some of it works for me and some of it
doesn t This poetry collection just idn t really work for me I appreciated the message but It This poetry collection just idn t really work for me I appreciated the message but I like a lot of it went over my head to be honest most of the poems left me feeling confused instead of inspired All these poems are about violence against women and true crime stories and some of them were very ark and unsettling I really liked the first poem but that s about it These poems feel like a stream of consciousness and thoughts as opposed to actual poems I guess I just prefer a conventional style of poetry This might be of a it s not you it s me
situation but poetry is very subjective and I found this collectionbut poetry is very subjective and I found this collection can I talk about my grandmother without also mentioning that if everyone is a teen girl then so are the birds their soaring cliues their suawking throats and the sea of course the sea its moody push and pull the way we rill into it fill it with our trash take and take and take from it and stil. A azzling collection of raw and explosive poems from a thrilling new feminist voiceIn this multi faceted collection of odes anecdotes sonnets and prose Olivia Gatwood weaves together the trials and triumphs of growing up and explores.