The Private Parts of Girls

The Private Parts of Girls

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The Private Parts of Girls follows Alice down the rabbit hole, Kassandra onto Agamemnon's boat, and Red Riding Hood into the forest: it conjures the most mysterious landscape of all, the mind of a girl - a girl who might be a dancer, a warrior-bride, a transatlantic traveller, the Messiah, sick of being compared to Sylvia Plath, airborne, born in space, or lost in a sunlit field, discovering love. From Battlestar Galactica to The Clash, the poems mix tart, smart pop culture goodies into the dreamspace of fairy tales, as they take us on a journey - hallucinatory with culture lag - through the mind and body of a modern girl. This is poetry for Buffy fans (and Twilight haters), for readers who grew up with Angela Chase's voice-over for their lives and Air's soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides on their iPods, for everyone who ever wondered if Beauty secretly was the Beast.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 6mm | 102g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • No
  • 1844715612
  • 9781844715619
  • 1,423,392

Table of contents


Trial Proof for The Blue Feet (Kiki Smith)

Easter Parade

God and After

Previously on Battlestar Galactica

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The Doctor's Daughter

A Brief History of the Deeleybopper in the English Language


What the Pink Book Said

Sappho's Cookbook


The Fourth Fuck

Sic In Transit

Found Object

Of Other Spaces (Tate St. Ives)


You Are the Weather


Medusa Sets Sail

A face cache de la lune

Trois Couleurs

The Cantor's Daughter


Belle est la bete

On Being Dismissed as `Plathlike'

On my Mother's Side

Self-Portrait as my Imaginary Brother


WOOD / brown warrior

God Parts

FIRE / white warrior


WATER / blue warrior

Sur l'escalier

METAL / steel warrior

Queen of Swords

EARTH / green warrior

Sleepwalking / Guns of Granada (Double A-side)
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Review quote

Sensual and vivid, exploded erotic imagery rewrites the love poem in new terms, reinvigorating our restrained and anecdotal poetic moment. -- Wayne Burrows Full of zest, variety and intellectual ambition. There is no such thing as a typical Mayer poem, diversity being her great strength. Dazzling. -- Jane Holland [Mayer's] non-sequiteurs arrest you by their very strangeness, then draw you into a sensory chain where they seem just... true. Brilliantly disconcerting. -- Luke Kennard
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About Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer teaches creative writing at King's College, London. Her publications include Her Various Scalpels and The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love. She is a Commissioning Editor at Chroma and Contributing Editor at Hand + Star, and regular contributor to Horizon Review and Sight & Sound.
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4 50% (8)
3 6% (1)
2 6% (1)
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