Virgin

Virgin

Poems

Book - 2018
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Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo's debut collection of poems is a vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman.

In Virgin , Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and mythmaking, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity--of naiveté, of careless abandon--before sharply exploring the intelligence and fortitude of women, how "far & wide, / how dark & deep / this frigid female mind can go." A schoolgirl hopelessly in love. A daughter abandoned by her father. A seeming innocent in a cherry-red cardigan, lurking at the margins of a Texas barbeque. A contemporary Ariadne with her monstrous Theseus. A writer with a penchant for metaphor and a character who thwarts her own best efforts. "A Mexican American fascinator."

At every step, Sotelo's poems seduce with history, folklore, and sensory detail--grilled meat, golden habañeros, and burnt sugar--before delivering clear-eyed and eviscerating insights into power, deceit, relationships, and ourselves. Here is what it means to love someone without truly understanding them. Here is what it means to be cruel. And here is what it means to become an artist, of words and of the self.

Blistering and gorgeous, Virgin is an audacious act of imaginative self-mythology from one of our most promising young poets.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Milkweed Editions,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781571315007
1571315004
Branch Call Number: 811.6 Sotelo 02/2018
Characteristics: 95 pages ;,22 cm

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JCLEmmaF Jul 05, 2019

In Virgin , Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and mythmaking, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity--of naiveté, of careless abandon--before sharply exploring the intelligence and fortitude of women, how "far & wid... Read More »

thinking about femininity? or myth? virgin is your essential.

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JCLEmmaF Dec 06, 2018

Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and mythmaking, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity... At every step, Sotelo's poems seduce with history, folklore, and sensory detail--grilled meat, golden habañeros, and burnt sugar--b... Read More »


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