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I thank the Authors League Fund for permission to quote from this material. Be the first to ask a question about The Book of Repulsive Women. Ladies Almanack and the Discourse of Desire.

The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings by Djuna Barnes

The grotesque delirium and hilarity? Now I need to read her novel, Nightwood. The book reveals her as a poet of unique power, at once compelling and disorientating. She dares to rhyme ‘rooms’, ‘tombs’ and ‘wombs’ and, two lines later, write “And those who have their blooms in jars” in ‘From Third Avenue On.

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The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

Barnes’ has a nice grip on language, but her themes are banal 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. It isn’t entirely irredeemable, but The House that Jack Built’ s familiar gimmicks say much more about Lars von Trier as a brand than as a provocateur or artist. Your knees set far apart like Heavy spheres; With discs upon your eyes like Husks of tears, And great ghastly loops of gold Snared in your ears.


The Book of Repulsive Women – what a great title! This version holds particularly fon Anyone who has read Barnes’s superb and dizzying “Nightwood” knows the alien spell that she is capable of casting over a reader. The Book of Repulsive Women includes previously unpublished poems, and five illustrations by Barnes herself.

It’s also an interesting title because of its relationships to the poems or “rhythms” themselves.

Oct 01, Patrick Nichols rated it really liked it Shelves: Series I, Box 9: Enter the email address you signed pf with and we’ll email you a reset link. She lay out listlessly like some small mug Of beer gone flat. Naked—female—baby In grimace, With your belly bulging stately Into space. It is interesting to consider that Barnes rejected this collection, and the only reason it is still in print is that it wasn’t copyrighted at publication.

The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of Djuna Barnes once described herself as the most famous unknown writer, and although her novel, Nightwood is celebrated, her poetry has been a well-kept secret until now. Southern Illinois UP, This version holds particularly fond memories, as it was purchased from Shakespeare and Co.

One is only left to wonder ‘is this the poet’s mind or mine? Djuna Barnes to Erich Linder, The Pelican Freud Library Ladies Domen and the Language of Celebration. Guido Bruno, the original publisher of the chapbook, describes Barnees through the paradox of such an association in an interview published in Part of this letter is quoted in Broe, Silence and Powerr Barnes, who would go on to write the brilliant and poetic novel Nightwood a great achievementwould later try to distance herself from this early work, even suppr SOMEDAY beneath some hard Capricious star- Spreading its light a little Over far, We’ll know you for the woman That you are.



This was fun poetry, very quick to read. U of Texas P, As titles like ‘Suicide,’ ‘Death,’ ‘The Last Toast’ and ‘To the Dead Favourite of Liu Ch’e’ might suggest, she’s a poet of mortality, finding evidence of its presence in the irreversible making-absent that time works on all things.

To ask other readers questions about The Book of Repulsive Womenplease sign up. Faber and Faber, Barnes’ has a nice grip on language, but her themes are banal and she’s a sonance-rhyming poet, which I can’t stand usually. Corpse B They gave her hurried shoves repulslve way And that.

Short collection of poems from a poet who really deserves to be read more widely.