Pretty Young Thing

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Soft Skull Press, 2005 - Poetry - 79 pages
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Pretty Young Thing documents an unnamed young woman’s life in a book of hours “slit like an electric cord, splintered, and fused to the pavement,” in a voice that is by turns frank, demure, sweet, sultry, determined, passive, angry, and resigned. Constructed as a sequence of mostly untitled poems, the fractured narrative of this innovative debut traces the physical, historical, and emotional terrain of female sexuality in lyric monologues both interior and dramatic. With these darkly powerful poems, Danielle Pafunda flips the notion of feminine innocence on its back, showing it's not as pure as people imagine.

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
11
Section 3
13
Section 4
15
Section 5
17
Section 6
21
Section 7
22
Section 8
28
Section 15
37
Section 16
38
Section 17
39
Section 18
40
Section 19
50
Section 20
58
Section 21
61
Section 22
63

Section 9
29
Section 10
31
Section 11
32
Section 12
33
Section 13
34
Section 14
35
Section 23
67
Section 24
68
Section 25
69
Section 26
70
Copyright

About the author (2005)

Danielle Pafunda was born in upstate New York. She received her BA from Bard College, where she studied Russian Literature and Creative Writing. In 1999 she moved to New York City. While in New York, she held several jobs, including assistant to the poet David Lehman, publicist for the famed KGB Bar Poetry Reading Series, and teaching artist for Teachers & Writers Collaborative. She received her MFA in Poetry from New School University in May 2002. Publications include Best American Poetry 2004; such print journals as Black Warrior Review, Chicago Review, Conduit, LIT, and Pleiades; and online journals such as Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Nerve, and Poetry Daily. She is co-Editor of the online journal La Petite Zine and a former Associate Editor of Verse. She now lives in Athens, Georgia, teaching Creative Writing and Composition at the University of Georgia, while pursuing her PhD in English Literature with a Creative Dissertation. She curates Athens’s Vox Reading Series, which showcases both new and established writers, local and visiting. She lives with her husband, their dog, and their cat.

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