If the Girl Never Learns (Paperback)
Brick Mantel Books, 9781941799642, 80pp.
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
You are The Girl, and The Girl is a Badass.
From the opening lines, it's clear The Girl at the center of these poems is damaged--which is another way to say she's a survivor. If the Girl Never Learns moves from the personal to the mythic to the apocalyptic, because The Girl would do anything, even go to hell, to save her soul. So, she resists, takes action to overturn society's suffocating ideal of Good Girldom. The poems' sense of breathlessness reflects The Girl's absolute need to control her own destiny, to outrun her past, while at the same time chasing a future she alone has envisioned and embodied. Because The Girl is, above all else, a badass.