boysgirls

boysgirls A host of characters emerge from a madwoman s dreams populating a world as strange and magnificent as a painting by Hieronymous Bosch A boy with one wing seeks the secret to flight A girl with a mirr

  • Title: boysgirls
  • Author: Katie Farris
  • ISBN: 9781934851302
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A host of characters emerge from a madwoman s dreams, populating a world as strange and magnificent as a painting by Hieronymous Bosch A boy with one wing seeks the secret to flight A girl with a mirror for a face, adored by all, longs to simply eat A pregnant girl reflects on the effects of metamorphoses The stories of boysgirls are modern myths tales that exist withA host of characters emerge from a madwoman s dreams, populating a world as strange and magnificent as a painting by Hieronymous Bosch A boy with one wing seeks the secret to flight A girl with a mirror for a face, adored by all, longs to simply eat A pregnant girl reflects on the effects of metamorphoses The stories of boysgirls are modern myths tales that exist within our present time but also outside it, in a place as eternal as Shangri La or Middle Earth An unforgettable book of Ovidian imagination, boysgirls testifies that Katie Farris is one of the most talented prose stylists of a new generation boysgirls is one for the classic fairy tale shelves, joining Borges Lispector, Calvino Carter, Andersen d Aulnoy with its spectral powers Katie Farris s spare and lyrical language levitates here she is a haunting and new revelation Kate Bernheimer.

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    1. Katie Farris is the author of boysgirls, Marick Press, 2011 , a hybrid form text The book has been lauded as truly innovative, Prague Post , a tour de force Robert Coover , and a book with gigantic scope At some points it reads like the book of Genesis at others, like a dream turned nightmare From the opening lines the author grabs you by the throat Louisville Courier Journal.Katie Farris s poetry, fictions, and translations have appeared in various journals, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Western Humanities Review, Verse, Indiana Review, Mid American Review, Gulf Coast, and Hayden s Ferry Review.Farris is also the co translator of several books from the Russian, French, and Chinese Her co translation of Polina Barskova s This Lamentable City Tupelo Press, 2010 , was reviewed by The New York Times words flicker strange, elegant a Russian evanescence Heat lightning pulses between her lines Morning Ploughs the Winter, a book of prose poems by Acadian poet Guy Jean, was published by Marick Press in 2013 and nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize Farris won the 2012 DJS Translation Award from Poetry East West for her co translations in New Cathay Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990 2012 Her translations have also been widely anthologized in texts such as New European Poets Graywolf Press and Penguin Book of Classical Russian Poetry Penguin.With Ilya Kaminsky and Valzhyna Mort, Farris co edited Gossip and Metaphysics Prose by Russian Modernist Poets, forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2015 She holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Brown University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the MFA program at San Diego State University, where she won an Innovation in Teaching Award in 2013 She also teaches at New England College s low residency MFA program.

    2. Blurbed by the likes of Robert Coover and Rikki Ducornet, Katie Ferris' slender collection of fabulous vignettes relates the many sorrows and brief joys of a cast of delicate grotesques: a girl who won't stop growing, a one-winged boy who finds solace having sex in the mud, the inventor of invented things, the human worm and her nostalgia for the salad days of freak shows, a girl and her grandmother who happens to be a machete, another girl who has to help with the scatological orgy required to [...]

    3. A fairy tale fever dream of gorgeous language, shocking weirdness and a celebration of life. Highly recommended. Unlike anything I've ever read.

    4. "What is it you hope to accomplish by reading thisbook? You were hoping to escape unscathed?"proclaims the first speaker in BoysGirls, a collection of genre-bending stories by Katie Farris."You're used to sitting back and eavesdropping,playing the voyeur on the lives of others. But betweenthese covers you will participate, whether you desire itor not."This is a difficult promise to keep, and yet I find myself quickly put under the enchantment of Farris's prose. Each story has an increasingly cum [...]

    5. Into the mouth of madness. Well in this case into the mind of madness. I have read some pretty strange things in my years as a book worm and reviewer. But I can honestly say that Boysgirls is one of the most interesting books I have ever read.I cannot say that it is a bad book, nor can I really say that it is a good book. It is definitely different. The first sections of the book were ragged, and rather disjointed. The later sections seemed to have a little more cohesion and flow though it was s [...]

    6. The language inside is immediately recognizable to a poet (say, me) as poetry – careful, sonically graceful, and the sharp impact of the short piece. However, the pieces could also be described as little fictions – fables, fairy tales turned on their heads. The devil shows up and a girl grows to twenty stories. Sample sentences from “The Invention of Love:” “The Boy with One Wing sits in a waiting room, watching people enter, leave, examine the waitlist, attempt appointments. They carr [...]

    7. boysgirls is a conglomeration of the fantastic and the terrifying. Transcending any views you may of had of gender, these words will "grab you by the throat" and make you question everything you thought you knew. Vanity, sexuality, pain, loss, love, and creation are just some of the themes Katie Farris beautifully weaves into this masterpiece, and anyone who has not gotten their hands on it yet is certainly still searching for their other half.

    8. Beautiful language. It's like a surreal, long-form poem? Prosetry?I don't think I read it slow enough. I think I will probably reread the whole thing shortly.It's really beautiful. It has very short sections that jab quickly at a thought and/or an emotion and then leave you to think about it.Also the Inventor of Things is a hilarious character who takes several months off a project to reinvent his youth, which is great. <3

    9. dark, dreamy, one of a kindfound this gem (the only copy!) at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur ~ super magical. seems a bit like divine intervention, too good to be true. whether the cosmos intentionally planted this book into my realm or not, it's a beaut. thank you universe, thank you Katie

    10. Reread my favorite story from the collection, The Devil's Face, just now. Don't miss it-- the deliciously wicked prose, the weird plots, the amazing illustrations are all worth it.

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