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Life of the Party
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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A dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, from a "ferocious" (BBC), "beautifully vulnerable" (Nylon) new talent. i'm a good girl, bad girl, sad girl, dream girl girl next door sunbathing in the driveway i wanna be them all at once, i wanna be all the girls i've ever loved Lauded for the power of her writing and having attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood is a thrilling new voice in contemporary feminist poetry. In Life of the Party, she weaves together her own coming of age with an investigation into our culture's romanticization of violence against women. In precise, searing language--at times blistering and riotous, at times soulful and exuberant--she explores the boundary between what is real and what is imagined in a life saturated with fear. How does one grow from a girl to a woman in a world wracked by violence? Where is the line between perpetrator and victim? What is the meaning of bravery? Visceral and haunting, this multifaceted collection illustrates that what happens to our bodies makes us who we are.
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cleoh
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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I‘ve been obsessed with Olivia Gatwood since I heard her poem “Ode to The Women On Long Island” (strongly recommend you all check it out on YouTube!) and I‘m so excited I was finally able to pick up her debut collection as an early birthday present to myself 🤩

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Aaronlisa
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I read this Jan 7-13 & rated it 4 ⭐️. I liked this one better than My New American Best Friend. She‘s definitely a poet to watch. This collection of poems deals with violence against women.

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Beachesnbooks
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A poetry collection centered around violence against women, ranging from true-crime obsessions with serial killers to violence we horrifyingly come to think of as everyday, mundane. Several of the poems in this collection gave me goosebumps or brought me to tears; it's somehow simultaneously intimate and universal, always powerful. I'm trying to read more poetry this year and am still newer to it. #boutofbooks

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DoonTheGoon
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Poems that speak to that little primal voice found deep inside every female-identifying person... horrifying, potent, and timely.

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DoonTheGoon
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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Cottage in the Maine woods ✔
Best friend ✔
Tea ✔
Books ✔
I cherish these traditions.

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DoonTheGoon
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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That moment when you finish reading for the night and your metallic bookmark catches the light juuuust right. ♡

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DoonTheGoon
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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Current obsession: poetry books, amazing covers, and indie bookstores owned by impeccable humans. ♡
@Megpyre

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Michellekidwell
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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Olivia Gatwood attracted an online fan base of millions for her extraordinary spoken-word performances, Olivia Gatwood now puts her own coming-of-age tale together with an investigation into our culture‘s romanticization of violence against women. Life of the Party is a collection of poetry and prose that delves into the boundaries between what is real and what is imagined...

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collegecatlady
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What a phenomenal book of poetry. Fixating on our obsessions with true crime, victims, and the possession of women‘s bodies, Gatwood is just absolutely fucking phenomenal. Probably the best book of poetry I‘ve ever read.

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Erin01
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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getting a few more pages of this read before work 📖

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Erin01
Life of the Party: Poems | Olivia Gatwood
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getting some reading in on this sunday morning - enjoyed Gatewoods last book of poems & excited keep reading this e-arc of her latest, & my hold for this novella came in recently so planning on starting & finishing this one today 😃📚📖