Djuna Barnes’ The Book of Repulsive Women symmetry ofthe relationship between author and text with th tion of instituting the agency ofthe “living” author. Djuna Barnes was born in Great Britain and moved to New York in , where she briefly studied at the Pratt Institute of Art. In the s she moved to Paris. The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings (Sun & Moon Classics) [Djuna Barnes, Douglas Messerli] on *FREE* shipping on.

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Djuna Barnes once described herself as the most famous unknown writer, and djuma her novel, Nightwood is celebrated, her poetry has been a well-kept secret until now.

What loin-cloth, what rag of wrong Barnse We’ll see you staring in the sun A few more years, With discs upon your eyes like Husks of tears; And great ghastly loops of gold Snared in your ears. They get better the more I read them. Lesbian Texts and Contexts: What turn of card, what trick of game Undiced?

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W HAT altar cloth, what rag of worth Unpriced? New York UP, But there were also a few really fabulous poems I will barnex to read over and over because they are so full of meaning, “The Personal God” chief among them. Plunging grandly out to fall Upon your face. It’s a hell of a read.

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Postulating or fantasizing its non-existence in this way—as an extreme exercise of copyright protection—mimics her repression of the historical, published text implicit in sequestering it from her vita and continu- ously misstating the title revisions: Elsewhere her poems are pure Gothic sensibility, a century late:. With an elliptical and complex form of address, they each ask two questions of womej unmarked addressee. Rebecca Loncraine provides an essential introduction to Barnes’ poetry.

The Theory of Psychoanalysis. We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project. We see your arms grow humid In the heat; We see your damp chemise lie Pulsing in the beat Of the repulsivf left oozing At your feet. One sees you sitting in the sun Asleep; Repulsie the sweeter gifts you had And didn’t keep, One grieves that the altars of Your vice lie deep.

The Book of Repulsive Women

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Seen From the “L” S O she stands—nude—stretching dully Repulssive amber combs loll through her hair A vague molested carpet pitches Down the dusty length of stair. Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherised upon a table.


Nov 02, Ben rated it liked it. Barnes is occasionally fond of the fake archaism a poetic device as old as Edmund Spenser, and one of Coleridge’s worse habitsso stallions are “ebon” not blackbarnrs ‘woe’ is spelt ‘wo’. Writer Bertha Harris described her work as “practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world” since Sappho.


The drawings are strange and well-suited to the rhythms. A special issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction was devoted to her work in ; Virago has published collections of short stories and interviews the latter memorably titled I Could Never be Lonely Without a Husband: I’ve been meaning to read Djuna Barnes for years but have been terribly lazy about it.

We’d see your body in the grass With cool pale eyes. Carbondale and Edwards- ville: If one is looking for an introduction to Djuna Barnes this is not the place to start.

The Book of Repulsive Women: 8 Rhythms and 5 Drawings by Djuna Barnes

The movement of these bodies to a morgue is described as antithetical to their stillness: She lay out listlessly like some small mug Of beer gone flat. Slightly more guardedly acidic than, say, Dorothy Parker, but also more artsy and taking itself more seriously therefore vulnerable as such cynicism usually is not. The 60 Best Songs of