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Life of the Party Poems kindle ë eBook 9781984801906 Ø Olivia Gatwood Ø ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Life of the Party Poems Author Olivia Gatwood – i'm a good girl bad girl sad girl dream girl girl next door sunbathing in the driveway i wanna be them all at once i wanna beW voice in contemporary feminist poetry In Life of the Party she weaves together her own coming of age with an investigation into our culture's romanticization of violence against women In precise searing language at times blistering and riotous at times soulful and exuberant she explores the boundary between what is rea Maybe I am tired of hearing people talk about the murder of girls like it is both beautiful and out of the ordinary I have read Olivia Gatwood's New American Best Friend last year and as much as I feel like this book was better it still wasn't for me The topic is important but dealt with weirdly and somewhat inconsistently This is of a prose poetry collection and I personally am not a big fan of it generally There are some poems which I really liked but the amount of those which left me absolutely confused instead of making a point are definitely in the majority I think it's needless to say that Olivia and me are just not made for each other

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L and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear How does one grow from a girl to a woman in a world wracked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? What is the meaning of bravery? Visceral and haunting this multifaceted collection illustrates that what happens to our bodies makes us who we are SO GOOD

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Life of the Party PoemsI'm a good girl bad girl sad girl dream girl girl next door sunbathing in the driveway i wanna be them all at once i wanna be all the girls i've ever lovedLauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken word performances Olivia Gatwood is a thrilling ne Olivia Gatwood 27 speaks with brutal honesty to women of her generation Poetry is subjective; I found some great and some not so much but she always speaks with great power In the introduction she writes about her obsession with true crime and explains how it began I'm old enough to be her mother and I thought we had it hard because we couldn't talk about violence against women and girls against us My experience was we could speak of it only to our friends in secret We couldn't tell anyone else when we were raped and molested There was no 247 cable channel devoted exclusively to murder no barrage of programs about it no true crime podcasts web sites or social media The term 'serial killer had not yet been coined We knew our own experiences but lived in a bubble for me and a lot of us until Tori Amos's Me and a Gun Now there's so much out there it's taken a toll on some members of Olivia's generation in ways I hadn't thought about until I read Life of the Party People like her sensitive and scared can watch and read and listen and ruminate about it constantly It's with her since she was a childA lot of her poems deal with crimes against women often murder She also writes about relationships with male and female partners and about her babysitter But murder is never far from her mind The poem from which the following excerpt is taken is about how eleven sets of adult female bones were found buried together near her home in New Mexico The bones belonged to one black and ten Hispanic sex workers She was a teenager when they were found but the oldest bones were buried there when she was still a childfrom Eubank Candelaria 2009I have heard men refer to the number of womenthey've slept with as their body countIn 2009 out by the volcanoesa mass grave eleven women and one fetusfound buried in a row like white linesin a parking lotThe papers named himthe West Mesa Bone Collectorand named the girls transientand troubled and missing for yearsGatwood who is white addresses the contrast in how women of color who are murdered are dealt with by society mass media and police in contrast to white women The most accessible poem in the collection is about JonBenet Ramsey It's tighter than some of Gatwood's other work but has no subtext JonBenet was just a few years younger than Olivia who shows tenderness for the victim but no one elsefrom Murder of a Little Beautydab your eye we know you like it goryonly the blondes get a cover storygirls go missing right around the cornerbut she needs a tiara for us to mourn hernaturally attractive exceptionally brighthow many ways can we say the word white?So true and so well said There were poems I totally didn't get That's normal for me and a lot of us with poetry but something tells me her generation understands what I didn't I appreciate the writing her directness and strong voice I recommend this to anyone who can handle it and I don't only mean the triggers I mean the sadness too Her generation and future ones know so much about so many things it's a blessing and a curse Still even today some girls have no one to talk to about these things I'm glad they have the powerful voice of Olivia Gatwood to validate their experiences and emotions And I'm glad the rest of us do too