15 Ways to Stay Alive by Daphne Gottlieb

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Broken hearts, scattered dreams, postpunk politics, and postmodern cut-up collages spiral and flow in award-winning poet Daphne Gottlieb’s latest collection of startling new works that explore survival after personal or communal disasters and the renewal that follows. Whether she’s writing about unanticipated outcomes (“After the Midway Ride Collapsed”), her mother’s passing (“Somewhere, Over”), or absurd situations (“Preoccupation”), Gottlieb’s deeply personal insights into the complex areas where life and contemporary culture collide offer readers a unique, thought-provoking perspective.

"I Have Always Confused Desire with Apocalypse"

We met over a small
earthquake. Now, my knees

shake whenever
you come around

and I’ve noticed your hand
has a slight tremor.

Daphne Gottlieb is the award-winning author of seven books including the critically acclaimed poetry collection Final Girl (Soft Skull Press) and the graphic novel Jokes and the Unconscious (Cleis Press), illustrated by Diane DiMassa. Gottlieb has performed and taught creative writing workshops throughout the United States. She received her MFA from Mills College, and currently resides in San Francisco.

 

About Daphne Gottlieb

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San Francisco-based poet and performer Daphne Gottlieb has been widely published in journals and anthologies including Nerve, Exquisite Corpse, and the forthcoming Short Fuse: A Contemporary Anthology of Global Performance Poetry. Diane DiMassa is best known as the creator of the controversial and widely popular comic-zine Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist. She is also the illustrator of a number of books, including Kathy Acker's Pussycat Fever (1995), Kate Bornstein's My Gender Workbook (1998), and Anne Fausto-Sterling's Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000). DiMassa's illustrations and artwork have been featured in group and solo shows across North America. DiMassa is also regularly invited to give guest lectures at colleges and art institutes across North America.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by Manic D Press, Inc.. 128 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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