Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life

Bukowski in a Sundress: Confessions from a Writing Life

by Kim Addonizio

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Overview

“Somewhere between Jo Ann Beard’s The Boys of My Youth and Amy Schumer’s stand-up exists Kim Addonizio’s style of storytelling . . . at once biting and vulnerable, nostalgic without ever veering off into sentimentality.” —Refinery29

“Always vital, clever, and seductive, Addonizio is a secular Anne Lamott, a spiritual aunt to Lena Dunham.” —Booklist

A dazzling, edgy, laugh-out-loud memoir from the award-winning poet and novelist that reflects on writing, drinking, dating, and more

 
Kim Addonizio is used to being exposed. As a writer of provocative poems and stories, she has encountered success along with snark: one critic dismissed her as “Charles Bukowski in a sundress.” (“Why not Walt Whitman in a sparkly tutu?” she muses.) Now, in this utterly original memoir in essays, she opens up to chronicle the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age.
              
Addonizio vividly captures moments of inspiration at the writing desk (or bed) and adventures on the road—from a champagne-and-vodka-fueled one-night stand at a writing conference to sparsely attended readings at remote Midwestern colleges. Her crackling, unfiltered wit brings colorful life to pieces like “What Writers Do All Day,” “How to Fall for a Younger Man,” and “Necrophilia” (that is, sexual attraction to men who are dead inside). And she turns a tender yet still comic eye to her family: her father, who sparked her love of poetry; her mother, a former tennis champion who struggled through Parkinson’s at the end of her life; and her daughter, who at a young age chanced upon some erotica she had written for Penthouse.
 
At once intimate and outrageous, Addonizio’s memoir radiates all the wit and heartbreak and ever-sexy grittiness that her fans have come to love—and that new readers will not soon forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143128465
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/21/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 626,603
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Kim Addonizio is an award-winning author of fiction, essays, and poetry. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the John Ciardi Lifetime Achievement Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poetry collection Tell Me was a finalist for the National Book Award, and she has won Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and prose. She is also the author of two popular writing guides for poets, The Poet’s Companion and Ordinary Genius, and teaches and performs internationally. She divides her time between New York City and the Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Plan D 1

How to Succeed in Po Biz 9

A Word of It 17

Necrophilia 21

Children of the Corn 25

Are You Insane? 33

How to Try to Stop Drinking So Much 41

Pants on Fire 51

Flu Shot 57

All Manner of Obscene Things 69

Not Dancing 79

How I Write 85

Simple Christian Charity 87

Best Words, Best Order 97

Don't Worry 103

Bukowski in a Sundress 109

Cocktail Time 115

Penis by Penis 119

DOA 129

How to Fall for a Younger Man 139

I ♥ New York 155

What Writers Do All Day 165

Untrammeled 169

The Process 177

How to Be a Dirty, Dirty Whore 185

Space 195

Acknowledgments 205

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