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Lifting Belly 1st Naiad Press Ed Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0941483513
ISBN-10: 0941483517
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Amazon.com Review

A rose is a rose is lifting belly is Gertrude Stein, a loving one. If you've read Stein before, you have probably heard the term "stream-of-consciousness." This erotic lesbian love poem is also a stream of pleasure and of love. Rebecca Mark's excellent introduction helps unravel some of the wonderful wordplay that Stein employs. Lifting Belly is a book to read aloud to someone who's your passion. Alone. In a romantic setting. Have some wine handy.

From Publishers Weekly

Often considered the central erotic work of Stein's middle period, this love poem written to her longtime companion, Alice B. Toklas, reveals a vulnerability and tenderness unexpected of one so famous for caustic wit. Associative in structure, the work consists of alternately cryptic and conversational fragments detailing a shared domestic life. A very brief initial section observes the hardships of gay estrangement from society, while the body of the work applauds the decision to endure these for love's sake. Readers will welcome an unusual view of Stein in this first trade edition of a signal work in which "lifting belly"--signifying sexual union--comes to imply passionate commitment to another and acceptance of oneself. Mark is a professor of literature at Tulane University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Naiad Pr; 1st Naiad Press Ed edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941483517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941483513
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Robertson on June 6, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I really wanted to like this, having heard so much hype about it recently. I found it just a tad too esoteric for my tastes. Probably if I had been "in the life" back when she wrote this, I may have found a lot more of what she wrote edifying rather than just plain too oblique for my tastes! If I have to stretch too far to understand what is being written, my mind tends to wander I have to ask myself if what reviewers have said about this piece really is true as much as their attempts to find some sort of justification, through much stretching, to bring some sort of understanding to what she wrote.

With all of that having been said, I'm sure Alice loved her very much!
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