Djuna Barnes’ The Book of Repulsive Women symmetry ofthe relationship between author and text with th tion of instituting the agency ofthe “living” author. Djuna Barnes was born in Great Britain and moved to New York in , where she briefly studied at the Pratt Institute of Art. In the s she moved to Paris. The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings (Sun & Moon Classics) [Djuna Barnes, Douglas Messerli] on *FREE* shipping on.

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And it’s a favor to yourself to give this a read.

The Book of Repulsive Women.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. She has not expanded, here, into the galaxy she will become.

Anyone who has read Barnes’s superb and dizzying “Nightwood” knows the alien spell that she is capable of casting over a reader. Poems are referred to each other both through subject matter and placement in the volume: Your keens set far apart like Heavy spheres; With discs upon your eyes like Husks of tears; And great ghastly loops of gold Snared in your ears.

The poems and drawings contained here are fun and, as with Barnes’ other writings, were very avant-garde at the time, but the best was yet to come. What altar cloth, what rag of worth Unpriced? It is impossible to djina literary life in Britain without Carcanet.


At some point in all of our lives we’ve been told that we are repulsive, often for not acting as women are told we barnws. A special issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction was devoted to her work in ; Virago has published collections of short stories and interviews the latter memorably titled I Could Never be Lonely Without a Husband: Barnes, Loy, and Modernism.

Barnes’ has a nice grip on language, but her themes are banal and she’s a sonance-rhyming poet, which I can’t stan An endlessly fascinating person in her own right and a great novelist, Djuna Barnes is not a very good poet.

Her real force as a poet resides in her excessive literary morbidity, her overwhelming sense of linguistic putrefaction. One is only left to wonder ‘is this the bolk mind or mine?


Chelsey rated it it was amazing Aug 29, Jan 04, Katie Ross rated it it was amazing. Each poem is abrupt and seemingly random, apparently at odds with the contextual material of the col- lection.

I guess a first effort from the unique novelist, playwright, and poet Barnes. Worth the time certainly–not sure if worth the cover price. She lay out listlessly like tthe small mug Of beer gone flat. Selected Works of Djuna Barnes: The 60 Best Songs of playlist Mixed Media. The Theory of Psychoanalysis. If one is looking for an introduction to Djuna Barnes this is not the place to start.


The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings

Slightly more guardedly acidic than, say, Dorothy Parker, but also more artsy and taking itself more seriously therefore vulnerable as such cynicism usually is not. The first thing that struck me about reading Barnes’s poetry was how it reminded me of my first favorite poet ever, Marianne Moore. But there is still in these “rhythms” obok seething beat of sexuality and vice, whipped up into a delicious sense of perversity by Barnes’s art.

The Book of Repulsive Women – what a great title! What turn of body, what of lust Undiced? Lists with This Book. We’d feel you Coil in fear Leaning across the fertile Fields to leer As you urged some bitter secret Through the ear.

Carcanet Press – The Book of Repulsive Women & Other Poems

Jay, Karla and Joanne Glasgow, eds. Your knees set far apart like Heavy spheres; With discs upon your eyes like Husks of tears, And great ghastly loops of gold Snared in your ears.

The logic of these poems is intricate: W HAT altar cloth, what rag of worth Unpriced? The Book of Repulsive Women: