The Book of Repulsive Women: Selected Poems / Edition 1

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Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) 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. This selection, the only one currently available, contains work written between 1914 and the 1970s. Many of the poems in The Book of Repulsive Women first appeared in pamphlets and literary journals in New York and Paris. Published together for the first time, they throw new light on Barnes' development as a writer. The book reveals her as a poet of unique power, at once compelling and disorientating. Marianne Moore observed, 'reading Djuna Barnes is like reading a foreign language, which you understand'. The Book of Repulsive Women includes previously unpublished and uncollected poems, and five illustrations by Barnes herself. Rebecca Loncraine provides an essential introduction to Barnes' poetry. The Book of Repulsive Women includes previously unpublished poems, and five illustrations by Barnes herself. Rebecca Loncraine provides an essential introduction to Barnes' poetry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415969314
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Fyfield Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Further Reading
The Dreamer 1
Call of the Night 2
Just Lately Drummer Boy 3
'Six Carried Her Away' 4
Solitude 6
The Personal God 7
Jungle Jargon 9
This Much and More 10
From Fifth Avenue Up 11
In General 14
From Third Avenue On 15
Seen from the 'L' 17
In Particular 18
Twilight of the Illicit 19
To a Cabaret Dancer 21
Suicide 23
Death 25
In Conclusion 26
Dust 27
Birth 28
The Yellow Jar 29
The Last Toast 30
To an Idol 31
Shadows 32
Love Song 33
Lines to a Lady 35
The Lament of Women 36
To the Hands of a Beloved 37
To One in Favour 38
To a Bird 39
To the Dead Favourite of Liu Ch'e 40
To One Feeling Differently 41
She Passed This Way 42
Crystals 43
The Child Would Be Older 44
To One in Another Mood 45
I'd Have You Think of Me 46
The Flowering Corpse 47
Song in Autumn 48
First Communion 49
Hush Before Love 50
Antique 51
Pastoral 52
Paradise 54
Six Songs of Khalidine 55
Lullaby 57
Finis 58
Quarry 59
The Walking-Mort 60
Rite of Spring 61
Creatures in an Alphabet 62
When the Kissing Flesh is Gone 66
Portrait of a Lady Walking 67
Lament for Wretches, Every One 68
As Cried 69
As Cried 70
Discant (There should be gardens) 71
Satires (Satires of Don Pasquin) 72
Discontent 73
Dereliction 74
Dereliction (Augusta said) 75
Dereliction and Virgin Spring 76
Laughing Lamentations of Dan Corbeau 77
The Bo Tree 78
Discant (His mother said) 79
Discant (He said to the Don) 80
Verse 81
Therefore Sisters 82
Laughing Lamentations 83
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