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Life of the Party: If A Girl Screams, and Other Poems by [Olivia Gatwood]
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Life of the Party: If A Girl Screams, and Other Poems Kindle Edition

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I am stirred by the poems in this book - it is a sharp, unflinching collection of poems about girlhood, wonder, casual everyday violence. Everything true - and disappointing. Memories that we recognize. Everything tragic, stunning, raw. ― Yrsa Daley-Ward, author of 'bone' and 'The Terrible'

Ground-breaking and original poems that candidly face the complications of the female experience, that of negotiating an existence in a world that both excited and terrifies. Gatwood's writing unearths some of my deepest fears as a woman ... These poems – cautious, direct, brave – made me face uncomfortable truths, like all great poetry should. ― Elaine Feeney, author of 'Rise'

Olivia writes about the women who were forgotten and the men who got off too easy with an empathy and anger that yanked every emotion on the spectrum out of me. Her words can ‘make a crop top out of anything,’ and make you laugh, cry, and walk around the block three times, thinking ‘How did she do that?’ Imagine our luck, getting to live in the age of Olivia Gatwood. Goddamn. ― Jamie Loftus

Life of the Party is an electrifying collection of poems about the agonies and ecstasies of being a young woman. ― Leigh Stein, author of 'Land of Enchantment'

Olivia Gatwood is a revolution of woman, a flurry of insight harnessing the language of self-assessment and acceptance. Her poems invite a contemporary understanding of sexuality and the feminine form, feminism and inclusion, intersection and advocacy. Her metaphors and images are both breath and being. This book is an offering to the silenced for firepower and reflection. A haystack of hallelujahs reside in these pages. ― Mahogany Browne, author of 'Black Girl Magic' --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Olivia Gatwood is a poet, author, and speaker from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as an educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. Her collections include New American Best Friend and Life of the Party, which published to critical acclaim. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World Poetry Slam, and the National Poetry Slam, Gatwood has been featured on HBO, HuffPost, MTV, VH1, and the BBC. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where she is writing her debut novel, Whoever You Are, Honey. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07PQB72C1
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Transworld Digital (29 August 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1879 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 155 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0857526251
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 278 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 22 November 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not represented well.
By Reading_Tam_Ishly on 22 November 2019
Really intense but the writing is just too congested and bland which made the collection rather boring to read and reflect.
It does not seem like a poetry collection at all. I felt like it is a collection of some random newspaper snippets of girls getting kidnapped or murdered or assaulted. It could have been represented much, much better.
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Olivia Gatwood is a touring performer &amp; writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work has been featured on HBO, MTV, Huffington Post, and BBC, among others. She is the author of the Amazon Best Selling collection New American Best Friend (Button Poetry) and a forthcoming collection, LIFE OF THE PARTY, from The Dial Press/Penguin Random House.