Kissing Dead Girls

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Kissing Dead Girls is a kisstorical romangling that investigates myth, history, gender and states of being.

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Beginning with the province of legend, Kissing Dead Girls uses poetic inappropriacies to touch historical paragons and examine what touches us in them in vignettes casting the narrator as the lover of Josephine Baker, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Frida Kahlo, Jonbenet Ramsey, Sharon Tate and Karen Carpenter. The "real" world fuses with the mundane as a liver is received in the mail by an unexpecting recipient; a woman replaces the moon with her heart; and a man finds himself a woman too dead to love. Gertrude Stein's work is co-opted and re-seen in an attempt to unpack the relationship between love and war; Walt Whitman makes a command performance in dismembered bits of forced formal verse; and "The Exorcist" and "The Devil in Miss Jones" are sutured together in an attempt to locate the true horror of desire. Fusing together pornography and postfeminist theory, transcript and tell-all, these poems and stories reach off the page in search of what it is to be known, both to the masses and to the Other, even just one.

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Author Daphne Gottlieb
Publisher Soft Skull Press
Page Count 138pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25
Publication Notes Paperback
Publication Date March 10, 2008
ISBN 978-0979663659

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