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For Girls (& Others) Paperback – December 28, 2007


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This second collection shows more unity but less versatility than Compton's rightly praised, devil-may-care 2005 debut, Downspooky. For Girls, the first of the two sequences that make up the book, responds to, reacts against and takes many phrases from an 1882 health manual with the same title: its advice on fashion, bodies and morals gives rise, in Compton's hands, to quirky but politically pointed verse: girls are told (too often, she implies) to erase the body,/ blank the self/ to receive the costumes it consumes. The source text—and all the antifeminist counsels, all the social pressure, it represents—may give Compton too easy a target: her sequence recycles its own attitudes, with too few surprises for its length. Comedy of Manners, the second sequence, may be harder to like at first, but should fare better over the long-term: its hints of romantic narrative, frequent sarcasm, riffs on found texts and ambitious range of diction (from elaborate to vulgar) all serve Compton's consistent interest in how and whether the culture will ever let girls grow up: Our official position is class piñata. (Jan.)
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More About the Author

Shanna Compton's books include Brink (Bloof, 2013), For Girls & Others (Bloof, 2007), Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005), Gamers (Soft Skull, 2004), and several chapbooks. A book-length speculative poem called The Seam is forthcoming next year.

Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poem-A-Day/PoemFlow by the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Dail, the Awl, Black Warrior Review, Court Green, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the New School, where she also served as the editor-in-chief of LIT.

Her poems and essays have appeared in dozens of publications and several anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2005, Poet's Bookshelf II, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, Bowery Women, Digerati, and the Poetry Foundation website.

For more information, please visit shannacompton.com.

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