Djuna Barnes’ The Book of Repulsive Women symmetry ofthe relationship between author and text with th tion of instituting the agency ofthe “living” author. Djuna Barnes was born in Great Britain and moved to New York in , where she briefly studied at the Pratt Institute of Art. In the s she moved to Paris. The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings (Sun & Moon Classics) [Djuna Barnes, Douglas Messerli] on *FREE* shipping on.

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This selection, the only one currently available, contains work written between and the s. The book reveals her as a poet of unique power, at once compelling and disorientating.

Originally published in the chap book series by Bruno of Greenwich Village inthis renowned volume of poetry presented portraits of djuja of the period -a mother, prostitute, cabaret dancer, and others-which were wildly radical in their day dominated as it was by Victorian mores.

Nov 29, Debbie Thorson rated it liked it. Her body shock-abbreviated As a city cat.

The Book of Repulsive Women

Still her clothing is less risky Than her body in its prime, They are chain-stitched woemn so is she Chain-stitched to her soul for time. Barnes is occasionally fond of the fake archaism a poetic device as old as Edmund Spenser, and one of Coleridge’s worse repulsoveso stallions are “ebon” not blackand ‘woe’ is spelt ‘wo’.

Received as a gift from my mentor and friend, this collection of poems is a fine, portable, and beautifully published book. Textual desuetude is reread to instantiate authorial vitality: Nov 02, Ben rated it liked it.

One is only left to wonder ‘is this the poet’s mind or mine? Repulive real force as a poet resides in her excessive literary morbidity, her overwhelming sense of linguistic putrefaction. Jul 26, Lee Foust rated it liked it. We’d strain to touch those lang’rous Length of thighs, And hear your short sharp modern Babylonic cries.


As a writer of fiction and poetry, interviewer, minor artist five of her drawings, crossing Beardsley with Tove Jansson, are included here; her painting of Cordelia Coker Pearson in riding clothes provides the book’s cover and major controversial figure she was a child abuse victim and long-term alcoholic, dying in o the absurd age of 90Barnes more than holds her own in the literary pantheon, and yet, as critics like Bonnie Kime Scott have argued, her work resists attempts to categorise it easily alongside such modernist luminaries as Hemingway, Woolf or Eliot.

She moved to New York inwhere she briefly studied wommen the Pratt Institute of Art, and where she made her living as Anyone who has read Barnes’s superb and dizzying “Nightwood” knows the alien spell that she is capable of casting over a reader. Your keens set far apart like Heavy spheres; With discs upon your eyes like Husks of tears; And great ghastly loops of gold Barnex in your ears.

Lukas rated it it was ok Jul 30, We see your arms grow humid In the heat; We see your damp chemise lie Pulsing in the beat Of the over-hearts left oozing At your feet. They get better the more I read them. 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”.

Series I, Box 9: Log In Sign Up. Want to Read saving…. Magenta Loera rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Per- haps it remained attractive at least partly because repulsion, irrespective of its valence, does suggest the positionality of reader; it is an orienting term even in its antipathy.

Books by Djuna Barnes. Help Center Find new research papers in: Jun 27, Kobita rated it really liked it. For though one took you, hurled you Out thd space, With your legs half strangled In your barnea, You’d lip the world to madness On your face.



The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal. Mette rated it really liked it Nov 05, Barnes’ has a nice grip on language, but her themes are rrpulsive and she’s a sonance-rhyming poet, which I can’t stan An endlessly fascinating person in her own right and a great novelist, Djuna Barnes is not a very good poet.

U of North Carolina P, She lay out listlessly like some small mug Of beer gone flat. Djuna Barnes once described herself as the most famous unknown writer, and although her novel, Nightwood is celebrated, ths poetry has been a well-kept secret until now. Lists with This Book.

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I just wish it was longer. Of the poems themselves much can be said. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Repulsivr been meaning to read Djuna Barnes for years but have been terribly lazy about it.

How might one address the paradox of a collection barnrs repulsive items, each moving against the other even as propinquity highlights resem- blance, repetition, closeness?

The 60 Best Songs of The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Description Excerpt Author Though her lips are vague and fancy In her youth – They bloom vivid and repulsive As the truth.

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