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Milk and Filth

Carmen Giménez Smith

Publication Year: 2013

Adding to the Latina tradition, Carmen Giménez Smith, politically aware and feminist-oriented, focuses on general cultural references rather than a sentimental personal narrative. She speaks of sexual politics and family in a fierce, determined tone voracious in its opinions about freedom and responsibility.
    The author engages in mythology and art history, musically wooing the reader with texture and voice. As she references such disparate cultural figures as filmmaker Lars Von Trier, Annie from the film Annie Get Your Gun, Nabokov’s Lolita, facebook entries and Greek gods, they appear as part of the poet’s cultural critique.
    Phrases such as “the caustic domain of urchins” and “the gelatin shiver of tea’s surface” take the poems from lyrical images to comic humor to angry, intense commentary. On writing about “downgrading into human,” she says, “Then what? Amorality, osteoporosis and not even a marble estuary for the ages.”
     Giménez Smith’s poetic arsenal includes rapier-sharp wordplay mixed with humor, at times self-deprecating, at others an ironic comment on the postmodern world, all interwoven with imaginative language of unexpected force and surreal beauty. Revealing a long view of gender issues and civil rights, the author presents a clever, comic perspective. Her poems take the reader to unusual places as she uses rhythm, images, and emotion to reveal the narrator’s personality. Deftly blending a variety of tones and styles, Giménez Smith’s poems offer a daring and evocative look at deep cultural issues.

Published by: University of Arizona Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-13

Happy Trigger

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pp. 3-15

I. Gender Fables

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pp. 5-17

(Malinché)

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pp. 7-18

(Fragments from the Confessions)

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pp. 8-19

(Llorona Soliloquy)

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pp. 9-20

(Wizardine)

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pp. 10-21

(Guerilla Romeos)

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pp. 11-22

(And the Mouth Lies Open)

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pp. 12-13

(Phaedra)

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pp. 14-25

(The Mind Reader Advises Guadalupe)

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pp. 15-26

(The Red Lady)

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pp. 16-27

(Deluxe and Amply-Rewarded Juliette)

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pp. 17-28

(Susannah’s Nocturne)

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pp. 18-19

(Lolita Archetype)

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pp. 20-31

(Hysteria)

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pp. 21-32

(Baba Yaga)

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pp. 22-33

II. Small Deaths

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pp. 23-35

Diving into the Spoil

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pp. 25-26

Epiphany at La Cueva

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pp. 27-38

Epigrams for a Lady

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pp. 28-39

Queenly

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pp. 29-40

For Lars Von Trier

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pp. 30-41

Radicalization

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pp. 31-32

Parts of an Autobiography

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pp. 33-40

Trigger Warning

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pp. 41-52

The Daughter

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pp. 42-53

Essentialism

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pp. 43-44

Can We Talk Here

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pp. 45-46

Something New

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pp. 47-58

Rosy Complexion

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pp. 48-59

Your Data is Political

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pp. 49-60

Our Tiny Dimensions

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pp. 50-61

Ovoid

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pp. 51-62

Juicy Couture

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pp. 52-63

Labor Day

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pp. 53-64

Feminine Agency

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pp. 54-65

III. Becoming

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pp. 55-67

A Devil Inside Me

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pp. 57-64

When God Was a Woman

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pp. 65-66

Notes

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pp. 67-68

About the Author

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pp. 69-81


E-ISBN-13: 9780816599240
E-ISBN-10: 0816599246
Print-ISBN-13: 9780816521166
Print-ISBN-10: 0816521166

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Camino del Sol