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Virgin: Poems | Analicia Sotelo
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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.
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readordierachel
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"I dream the scent
of my mother's lipstick
has come back to haunt me---
like an oil pastel
marking
my dreary, dramatic heart."

The poems gained momentum as I read, & I read the very last one, The Ariadne Year, four times in a row. I love how she blends heartache & humor & beauty, & I love how I feel like I got some sense of who she is, like she opened a window into her mind, her soul. I don't always feel that with poetry, but I did here. ❤

vivastory I'm not sure if I ever asked, but have you read 1mo
readordierachel @vivastory I haven't. It looks great! Do you reccomend? 1mo
vivastory Very much so. Copper Canyon is pretty dependable & that was one of their best publications of the past few years. I think you'd love it. 1mo
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readordierachel @vivastory Sold. Just put it on hold from the library. Thanks for the rec! 1mo
vivastory Anytime! 1mo
batsy Lovely review ❤️ It's such a fulfilling reading experience when that happens. 1mo
BiblioLitten 💙 1mo
readordierachel @batsy Thanks 💕 It is! 1mo
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First book of 2019. Poetry. So many tabs. So many lines that took my breath away. So good.

GypsyKat I do this too! 5mo
Nute 💕lines that took my breath away💕 3mo
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heatheryreads
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Next up for poetry!!

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Weaponxgirl
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I'm still new to poetry but I loved this. The imagery was amazing, so much conjured up things I hadn't thought about together. The content too, about a woman coming into herself. Then to top up my love that was growing in sneaks a poem about frida khalo. Not named but you know it's her.
For uk littens this is on #scribd which was a very pleasant surprise.
I'm going to keep on reading at least one poetry book a month so I can find more like this

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tamaria
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“He was the rain: he would come and go,
he was there for everyone.”

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readordierachel
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Hi, my name is Rachel, and I like going to the library and checking out books that I know I don't have time to read right now, *just in case.* #libraryhaul

TheFunkyBookworm I can relate haha Desperately trying to finish my very overdue library book so I can head there later and check out the ones I have waiting for me... plus whatever else I find while pursuing the shelves! 14mo
Redwritinghood 😂😂 Great stack, though. 14mo
readordierachel @TheFunkyBookworm The struggle is real 😂 14mo
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readordierachel @Redwritinghood And you're directly responsible for the tagged book 😆 14mo
Ddzmini 🤣🤣 14mo
Redwritinghood @ReadOrDieRachel 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
rohit-sawant 😂😂 14mo
RachaelusGilkinius What is your tattoo? 14mo
readordierachel @RachaelusGilkinius Its a quote from "The Golden Notebook" by Doris Lessing. It made an impression when I was younger ☺ 14mo
merelybookish Hi Rachel! We understand. 😀 14mo
mcipher I get it! I wanted to do that today but the library was closed. So tomorrow. 14mo
readordierachel @merelybookish 😂 I knew you all would get it 14mo
readordierachel @mcipher Ha! Have fun! 😊 14mo
batsy I mean, this seems like the most reasonable approach to life. We always need books just in case 😂😂 Some great titles there! 14mo
mrozzz 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻😆 14mo
readordierachel @batsy We really do! You never know when you might be stuck in a line somewhere or something 😂 14mo
Cathythoughts Hi Rachel , I read my first ever Virginie Despentes this month. Excellent. I can identity with you & your plight 📚😬🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Nice! Which one did you read? 14mo
Cathythoughts Vernon Subutex 1 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
Moray_Reads I think we can all relate to you. Today I got so distracted picking up books I didn't need that I forgot to hand in my returns and had to carry them all home again 😬 14mo
readordierachel @Moray_Reads Ha! Booknerd problems 😂 14mo
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Redwritinghood
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This was a great collection of poems reflecting on how a young woman comes to find her place in the world and love herself. Many of the poems use the Ariadne myth as a basis, but others relate to art and her Mexican American culture.

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Redwritinghood
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A cortado + chocolate croissant + poetry = perfect morning break. There is a bookstore right next door. May have to go there next.

Lacythebookworm Perfect break! 💕 1y
ReadingEnvy I love these poems!! 1y
Redwritinghood @Lacythebookworm I followed this with some book shopping and it made for a lovely morning. 1y
Redwritinghood @ReadingEnvy I am about 1/3 through and am really enjoying them too. 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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AWP haul!

Reviewsbylola Nice!! 1y
saresmoore I love the way these covers coordinate! 1y
ReadingEnvy @saresmoore it‘s like they are talking! 1y
saresmoore (That‘s because they are talking...) 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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Got this collection signed and heard her read

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ReadingEnvy
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February 2018 Reads. Hearts are 5 stars, pencils are 4. Lots of solid reads this month!!

Jess7 Wow! That‘s a lot of books!! #febstats - #ReadingResolutions 1y
Jess7 I want to read Pachinko and An American Marriage 1y
mrozzz Impressive!! 👏🏻 1y
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Austen_Nerd Wow!! amazing!! 👏 1y
Ruthiella I liked Pachinko too! Look forward to hearing what you think of the Ali Smith in detail😀 I will read it (this year?) for sure. 1y
emmaturi Wow! That really is a lot of books! 1y
ReadingEnvy @Ruthiella it's on the next podcast episode! :) 1y
ReadingEnvy @Jess7 both are solid! pachinko took longer for sure. 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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I was hooked from the first poem, "Do You Speak Virgin?" from this impressive debut collection by Analicia Sotelo.

My favorites included "Ariadne's Guide to Getting a Man," "My Mother & the Parable of the Lemons," and "My English Victorian Dating Troubles." eARC from Milkweed - Virgin comes out February 20!

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Anovelobsession
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In an effort to infuse more poetry into our lives my daughter and I came to see the author of this collection tonight at our wonderful indie bookstore - Brazos Books 📚

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
CindyMyLifeIsLit Are you in Houston? My daughter and I were at Kaboom Books and Becker Books today!! 1y
Anovelobsession @CindyMyLifeIsLit We are in Houston! I live a little Northeast of the city - are you in the area as well? 1y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Anovelobsession I‘m Northwest, in Cypress. Small world! 1y
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