Confessions of a Barefaced Woman

Confessions of a Barefaced Woman

by Allison Joseph


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The poems in Allison Joseph’s latest collection are smart, shameless, and empowered confessions of the best kind. In semi-autobiographical verse highlighting in turns light-hearted and harsh realities of modern black womanhood, these poems take the reader down “A History of African-American Hair,” visit with both Grace Jones and the Venus de Milo, send Janis Joplin to cheerleading camp, bemoan a treacherous first pair of high heels, and discuss “vagina business.” Funny, but never flippant, and always forthcoming about the author’s own flaws and foibles, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman is sure to keep readers entranced, entertained, and enlightened.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597096096
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 227,271
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Allison Joseph lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University. She serves as Editor and Poetry Editor of Crab Orchard Review , moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer writers’ workshop for teen writers.

Table of Contents

On the Subway 11

In the Public Library 12

Future Doctor 14

Bad Dogs 16

First School Dance 18

Father's Mother 20

Reading Room 22

Childhood Ballade 24

Grown-Up Shoes 26

Perfect Ride 28

Spirit of '76 30

Little Brothers 32

Advice on Being a Pesky Little Sister 34

Penmanship 36

Nothing but Words 37

My Tutor 38

For Beauty's Sake 40

Dinner Hour 42

First Concert 44

Adolescent Confession 46

Poem for the Purchase of a First Bra 48

Elegy for Rick James 50

O Holy Night 52

Birth of a Nation 53

For My Brother 55

Some of My Best Friends Are White People 57

Headstone 58

After Shaving My Head, I Begin to Think Beauty Is Overrated 60

Confessions of a Barefaced Woman 62

A History of African-American Hair 64

To Be Young, Not-So-Gifted, and Black 66

The Reluctant Integrations 68

Grace Jones at the Republican National Convention 70

The Other Allison 72

Vacations 74

Ex-New Yorkers 76

The Aisles of Misfit Equipment 78

The Vagina Business 80

In Praise of the Penis 82

Venus de Milo Takes a Sexual Enlightenment for Women Class 84

Nape 85

Why Men Whistle 86

On Viewing Two Different Date Rape Movies 88

Janis Joplin Visits Cheerleading Camp 90

Role Models 92

Daughter, Mother, Sister, Wife 94

What Women Want 96

Bad Meals Threaten Our Marriage 98

Flirtation 100

Junk Food 101

Dinner Party 102

Why I'm Not a Scholar 104

It Wasn't a Love Connection 106

The Ideal Listener 107

Homage to Leonardo Drew's Number 108

I Love You, Jimmy Poquette 109

Ballade For Dorothy Parker 110

Misery: A Guide 111

The Liars 113

Regrets 116

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