Inferno (a poet's novel)

Inferno a poet s novel All the lesbian intimacy you ve yet to find on OKCupid can be found in this book Lambda Literary ReviewFrom its beginning My English professor s ass was so beautiful to its end You can actually learn

All the lesbian intimacy you ve yet to find on OKCupid can be found in this book Lambda Literary ReviewFrom its beginning My English professor s ass was so beautiful to its end You can actually learn to have grace And that s heaven poet, essayist and performer Eileen Myles chronicle transmits an energy and vividness that will not soon leave its readers Her s All the lesbian intimacy you ve yet to find on OKCupid can be found in this book Lambda Literary ReviewFrom its beginning My English professor s ass was so beautiful to its end You can actually learn to have grace And that s heaven poet, essayist and performer Eileen Myles chronicle transmits an energy and vividness that will not soon leave its readers Her story of a young female writer, discovering both her sexuality and her own creative drive in the meditative and raucous environment that was New York City in its punk and indie heyday, is engrossing, poignant, and funny This is a voice from the underground that redefines the meaning of the word.

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  1. Eileen Myles is probably America s best known unofficial poet Her latest book is Sorry, Tree in which she describes some nature as well as the transmigration of souls from the east coast to the west Bust Magazine calls Myles the rock star of modern poetry and Holland Cotter in The New York Times describes her as a cult figure to a generation of post punk females forming their own literary avant garde.

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  1. i remember reading some kim gordon interview where she said rock and roll was paying to watch someone else be free poetry is the same thing but no one pays and it s personal and pure because, frankly, no one gives a fuck.except exceptis messy, score settling, no longer pure but still pure memoir has some heft to it both the heft of trying for decades worth of personal history and also like it was meant to be done right unrushed yet it also has myles great openness, as if it really were just her [...]

  2. I quite liked this amorphic, slippery little book Although it wobbled about with it s free form structure lack of structure it managed to never collapse under itself It was like an engorged clit Or a jellyfish on steroids Slippery because there s a good five to ten pages towards the end that are saturated with pussy clits and labia, you ll know it when you hit it, hold on tight There was one spectacular line elsewhere, and his pretty little asshole was like a bud when Rene found him and now it w [...]

  3. I reviewed this book for the Poetry Foundation and right now I have to stop fucking around with and answer the factchecker s questions about my review Anyway, spoiler I give it five stars Eileen Myles is the god of you.

  4. I wanted to like this a lot than I did The meandering narrative made it hard for me to put it down, but not necessarily in a good way More of a this is making me anxious and I don t know where it s going so I can t stop kind of a way Glad I read it though Plus the last page really spoke to me I have a hard time leaving parties too Eileen Myles thinks a poem is like a party I think a lot of things are like a party.

  5. The subtitle A Poet s Novel makes me wonder what makes it different from say, a novelist s novel or an artist s novel Is it the gonzo approach to grammar, flow, story, and dialogue Hmmm Maybe that s it Myles plays writes using her own rules If I were her editor I think my head would explode after about 20 pages, I probably would realize Oh, this is art This is uneditable This is freaking Eileen Myles.I like how this is essentially a memoir with the N word novel attached to it, like some kind of [...]

  6. One of those books that I highlight until the pages become watercolor paintings A dreamy winding account of the author s young adulthood with vivid flashes of lucid existential clarity Lulled me into amused complacent spectatorship only to knock me off my feet into a chasm of truth again and again.

  7. I had to read this for class, and of all the assigned novels it was the one I most expected to like But it s the one I like the least.It s not fiction, for starters, and that bugs me in a class for writing fiction The author is a poet and it s the story of her poetic life I am not that literary a writer I am not overly enad of literary events Just the same way I suppose I prefer musicals to straight plays I am easily bored This book has a very long chapter detailing readings the author was part [...]

  8. I don t want to say too much because I want you to read it I will say it Has a Part at the End When I was done reading the Part I closed the book and hit it five times against the wall It damn near killed me You will see RIP Lola 1986 2010 Myles, Eileen Inferno A Poet s Novel 2010 pp228 236

  9. this is such a good read for a time in my life where I am trying to figure out how to be a poet here are some quotations I like from it about poetry so I can save them and also return this to the library because it s due tomorrow p 52 Poetry readings were like early teevee in that everyone had their own little show Though teevee got sophisticated worse poetry never did It remains stupid, run by fools It s the only way to hold it open p 108 I mean and I would definitely say poetry is a very roun [...]

  10. Everything was pathetic and it wouldn t stop I m a mess And I could show how that looked I resigned myself to continuous movement Like I m drawing Like if there is a form it exists independent of me, or else I m complicit in it I m wandering in it Underlining Changing horses all the time And each decision left a mark And I lay there in the hot New York night writing my poem to Alice, to Susie, to everyone I knew about being not in literature, not in relation to some historical form, or even art [...]

  11. I picked up this book because it s about lesbians and poetry Both of which I like a lot On this it did not disappoint.The story itself is very messy good and bad At first I was into it how could I not be, when it begins by describing her English professor s ass each section kind of creating it s own little world Myles paints a good picture of mid 70s 90s New York City, and of the struggling poet trying to find a way to express herself But in the middle section, which is framed as a grant proposa [...]

  12. One reaches for some version of the hackneyed phrase so perfect in its imperfection My astonishment, for myself anyway, feels new I can t remember the last time I loved a work of literature that s so MESSY I think the 3 parts stand better on their own than together, but Myles has so much swagger that if she says these are her inferno, puragatorio, and paradiso, I buy it.The great perhaps healing joy of Inferno is hearing a woman say EXACTLY the things I have needed to say for as long as I can re [...]

  13. I mean, what can I say about this book I wanted to underline every second paragraph or so EM combines a natural facility for storytelling, hooky, humorous anecdote, and the intellectual metaphysical brilliance one would expect from a poet of her stature But what is especially excellent about this book, the factor that will make it worth returning to, is its risky quality its refusal to stick to a linear narrative, its depiction of a life lived around corners the suggestion that this IS the poet [...]

  14. I ve yet to read Dante s Inferno Eileen Myles is my introduction to Infernos This book reads as one long, beautiful, sexy poem in three parts Myle s voice is gripping from the opening line A poetic memoir A coming out story Eileen comes out both as a poet and as a lesbian in a time when both poets and lesbians were outsiders It was also a time period where the arts were still funded in the U.S Grants were given to support projects by musicians, painters, sculptors, poets Unfortunately those days [...]

  15. This is a moving memoir I d call literature It is full of memorable psychological insight, plainspoken, inevitable prose, surprising candor, and even some humor Inferno reveals the nuts and bolts of Myles s poetry It is a coming out story set mostly in downtown NYC where she lived and crafted her writing This book affirms her estimable wisdom The cover pencil drawing was at first inexplicable, but its meaning unfolded with the reading Recommended for anyone curious about this woman about town or [...]

  16. Myles, a likable guide, leads readers on a tour of the NYC s downtown poetry art scene of the 70s 80s Unlike Dante s inferno, Manhattan s inferno is heavenly than hellish, a place where artists can afford to live and hang out with other artists producing art Thanks to Myles wild use of language I often had no idea what she was talking about, but nearly as often she illuminated tiny slivers of reality with both perceptive brilliance and beauty.

  17. S m rkligt oj mn och repetativ Dock mycket glad att ha l st.Uppskattar man droppande av namn som Kathy Acker, Raymond Pettibon, Andy Warhol, Patti Smith s finns mycket att h mta I vrigt cirkulerar texten kring skapandeprocess och sexualitet, med ett 70 taligt New York st ndigt n rvarande i bakgrunden.

  18. Just the thing to read when you leave a place and a scene you ve been in for years I wasn t ready for it in 2010 but I am now.

  19. I have a new poet crush and it s Eileen Myles Of course, I will always have the biggest poet crush on Patti Smith, but yeah, I have a new one or maybe another one and it is on Eileen Myles This is a memoir about their life in New York in what I like to think was its hey day When it was filled with people who were writers, poets and artists and queers They weren t rich and they didn t have a lot of money They didn t need to at that time This is the New York I missed cause I am too young and I gre [...]

  20. this gave me hella whiplash and raging anxiety But in a good way I didn t get this at first I think I took the term novel too literally when in reality this is just a series of essays, memoirs and poetry spanning years not in chronological order without any semblance of order, really and total disregard for the rules of grammar.Once I worked that out I could let myself enjoy this for what it is pure art unedited rambling prose, flow, performance in vivid and meandering text and it was majestic e [...]

  21. 3.5 stars.I ve been in, like, major avoidance mode with my review writing lately Every time I attempted to write some kind of coherent review for Eileen Myles s Inferno I ended up hitting the Cancel changes button at the bottom of the page BUT NOT THIS TIME, MY FRIENDS.When I read Inferno, sometimes I thought it was really brilliant and, like, achingly beautiful HOW INSANE IS THIS But the subway was always the best A train pulled into the station in 1972 and it was the dirtiest most decorated ca [...]

  22. I had not read any of Eileen s work before but was so impressed with this book i m sure I will in the future She has a wonderful eye for detail, you get under her skin in this book, it s a biography of sorts but the kind of biography I love, it doesn t just take you through the day to day, it delves into the mind, the thoughts that are running through her brain as she deals with life in New York in the 70s She lives in an apartment in New York, meets the great and good who reside there, It alway [...]

  23. One of my favorite things about listening to this book on audiobook On the page, there is a clear visual distinction between the prose and a poem that Myles had included When listening, the distinction wasn t nearly as clear and I loved how the prose became one big poem in my mind Sometimes there would be a subtle shift and the words would flow liquidly, or the wording would become abstract I would find myself reading deeper into what she was saying And I would check in with my book book versi [...]

  24. I loved Inferno because to me it represents a perfect antidote a kind of artistic redemption to the depressing tedium that so often accompanies two dimensional declarations of being gay in a civil rights era To read Inferno, in which Myles decides to become a poet and a lesbian or to re invent herself, which I believe is why it s called a novel and not a memoir and she uses the word career to describe both choices, which is painful, hilarious, and not exactly PC in the manner of much of the book [...]

  25. I read this because I heard it had a lot of sex in it, and due to some kind of error the publisher sent it to me for free Other times I tried to read Eileen Myles I couldn t get past the feeling that she was full of it in the bad way, but in this book she seemed sympathetic because there are parts about being young and not knowing a lot, and there is that great line about being an old crappy dyke with half a brain leaking a book There wasn t as much sex as I was hoping but still some pretty goo [...]

  26. Ok so there s this weird arms race to write going on where everyone is trying to produce the great lower east side bohemian memoir Richard Hell, Patti Smith, and Kim Gordon have all given it a shot The secret is though that Eileen Myles already did it in 2010 and it s weirder and better written and interesting then any of those books Or maybe I just am interested in poets these days then rock musicians It s sort of a coming out novel, sort of a coming of age novel, sort of a gossipy dish, and [...]

  27. My English professor s ass was so beautiful It was perfect and full as she stood at the board writing some important word And so began Inferno A Poet s Novel by Eileen Myles The aforementioned opening, instantly one of my favorites, grabbed me and never let go Inferno claims to be a poet s novel, also known as a K nstlerroman, but it felt like a dishy artist memoir It s raw, compelling and highly quotable Myles manages to pull off the ultimate memoir novel in true, uncompromising, rock star fas [...]

  28. There is something hypnotic about the way these sentences and fragments are structured I found the book to be stunning, devastating, and hopeful In addition to this being about the author exploring and discovering her sexuality, it is also a book about being an artist and really learning what that means and what it takes to dedicate one s life to it Further, the book offers insight to New York City in the 70s and 80s and demonstrates the importance of community.

  29. moments in inferno blur virtuosically like cool for you or chelsea girls, but the further you get, the lazier she writes, and i guess i am just not down with the name dropping ness of it all new york okay, poets why are poets so great but i saw eileen reading some of this and she gave me chills.

  30. If you were not a part of the New York poetry scene in its heyday, this book will not make you feel like you were I really wanted to love this thing, but maybe I just don t get it Maybe its poetry is beyond me.

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