New American Best Friend (Paperback)

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This book of poetry is an anthem of modern feminism. Poems and and rhetoric that you can rally behind, relate to, and believe. Olivia Gatwood is an excellent performer of her work. Reading and hearing her speak are two unique experiences- both worth experiencing- giving this book an extra layer. — Molly Halpin

Gatwood puts it all out there without holding back. She hits you right in the face with both fists. The poems show how we grow up. The stages we take to get to become an adult who is probably as confused as that young girl who had her first kisses (yes there are two firsts). How trying to fit in is easy once you learn the rules and if you follow them to the letter. But finally, Gatwood shows us how we can celebrate who we are as women. Mature context/language makes this not for everyone. — Jeanette

Authentic, graphic descriptions of female adolescence. Gatwood's rich evocations of trips, trysts, and traps reveal uncertainty and bewilderment shading into purpose and clarity, the poems themselves becoming odes. — Mike Hare


One of the most recognizable young poets in America, Olivia Gatwood dazzles with her tribute to contemporary American womanhood in her debut book, New American Best Friend. Gatwood's poems deftly deconstruct traditional stereotypes. The focus shifts from childhood to adulthood, gender to sexuality, violence to joy. And always and inexorably, the book moves toward celebration, culminating in a series of odes: odes to the body, to tough women, to embracing your own journey in all its failures and triumphs.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781943735105
ISBN-10: 1943735107
Publisher: Button Poetry
Publication Date: March 28th, 2017
Pages: 60
Language: English
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