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Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

  • Release Date: January 01, 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-9896950-7-7
  • 408 pages
  • 6x9

Will be released some time in 2017.


 

A 400-page collection of poems in fours sections: Nicki Minaj Songs, Bob Dylan Songs, Elliott Smith Songs, and 90s Riot Grrrls Songs.

 

Bluets

 

I finally tore Bluets in half @ 12:50 a.m.

I had had enough of it, of its blueness…

I had begun to loathe its preciousness, its precision

What it represents -

Its fans, the copycats

What it had made of women, female writers;

The academia, the polishedness, the politeness.

I missed the messy.

I loathed it for being a finished book,

Laid out and finalized in this form now in hand,

All its desisions made for it

I couldn’t make one more desision

(I had forgotten momentarily how to spell “decision.”)

I couldn’t materialize an editor

(all editorial decisions had to be made by me!)

it was a blessing and a curse

(can you tell?!)

 

I had read earlier in the summer an interview with Grimes

She made being independent a record label or independent a producer

(I couldn’t remember the precise ways in which Grimes was independent,

Only that it was important that she was.),

Sound enviable, fashionable, fun!

 

I found it to be a headache

I couldn’t stop thinking of Grimes’ ex boyfriend

The long car ride from Toronto to Montreal

In which he hadn’t said a word

His current girlfriend, my friend, driving,

Myself and C and Tanja, muted by his intense

Sulking, in the backseat.

 

Later we watched a Grimes’ video

In which he was featured.

His head was shaved then, too.

 

There is no one making editorial decisions here.

Oh, can you tell? 

 

 

Blurbs:

 

“I read these poems on my bathroom floor in the dark.”

 – Amanda McNeil

 

“[The poems] feel like drawn-on Polaroids. Haiku delivered aloud by a rock frontwoman to a room of a thousand people forgetting to drink their drinks.”

 – Amanda Goldblatt

 

“[Elizabeth Ellen] is the female Love Is a Dog from Hell.”

 – Chloe Caldwell 

 

Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen is the author of the novel Person/a, the story collections Saul Stories and Fast Machine, and the poetry collections Elizabeth Ellen and Bridget Fonda. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, is a deputy editor at Hobart, and lives in Ann Arbor. 

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