The Loneliest Girl: Poems

The Loneliest Girl: Poems

by Kate Gale
The Loneliest Girl: Poems

The Loneliest Girl: Poems

by Kate Gale


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Who was more alone than Medusa? Raped in Athena's temple, transformed into a monster, and banished into a cave, Medusa may be the ultimate example of victim blaming. In The Loneliest Girl, Kate Gale creates a powerful alternative narrative for Medusa and for all women who have carried guilt and shame—for being a woman, for not being enough, for being a victim. She offers a narrative in which women are the makers of the world—in which women find their way out from the cave of the Cisthene and into a world where they determine their own destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826363695
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 02/15/2022
Series: Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kate Gale is the managing editor and a member of the board of directors for Red Hen Press. She is the author and editor of several books, including The Goldilocks Zone (UNM Press).

Table of Contents

Part One. Before
There are ten things you need to know to be a woman:
Aristotle's Catfish
Medusa's Mother
The Other
Darkness Thrown Down Like a Blanket
Medusa Never Took Sexy Back
A Wounded World
Medusa in Love
Under the Goblin Moon
How Is It That the Rain?
The New Ninth
In All the Movies
Speak up, Honey
Tall Poppy

Part Two. During
Golden Lion Has a Ball
You Won't Amount to Much
Golden Lion Ball
Sit On My Lap; I'll Show You Happily Ever After
Medusa's Cookbook
Golden Lion Gets a Job
Wound Care
She Said, Leave Me Alone
Golden Lion Makes a Mistake
I'm Worried about Who Hates Me
Golden Lion Is Written Out of This Book
Terrible Stories
Blue Stockings
Consider the Lilies

Part Three. Ever After
Aren't We All the Moon?
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
The Loneliest Girl
The Problem with Women Is Desire
The Spanish Call Us Medusas
He Was the Only Man in the Room
Snakes in My Hair
Delayed Choice: Quantum Erasure
Story of Light
Becoming Sky
The Giant's Causeway
Those Who Loved Medusa
The Stoning Circle
Stumbling toward Grace


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