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Dailies 10/1/16: Bloody Mary, What It's Like to Be a Girl, & a poem from "The Book of Repulsive Women"

Bloody Mary

April Bernard

Note who’s got to go
today, don’t fuss
about the means,
just go ahead behead,
impale, starve, strappado,

Read rest of poem… 94 more words

Garlanded with rosebuds and the hackwork of the devil: Djuna Barnes's Nightwood

In 1920 the American writer and artist Djuna Barnes moved from New York to Paris where she met the love of her life, Thelma Wood. Their passionate eight-year love affair, fired by sex, drugs and violent emotion, came to an explosive end in 1929. 956 more words


Djuna Barnes

None of us suffers as much as we should, or loves as much as we say. Love is the first lie; wisdom the last.  — Djuna Barnes, … 8 more words


Dolly Wilde: An Impossible Burden

Oscar Wilde’s niece Dorothy Ierne Wilde, known as Dolly Wilde,was born on 11 July 1895. To commemorate her birth I have published the Epilogue from… 1,602 more words

Oscar Wilde

We all go down in battle, but we all come home.’

Nightwood, by Djuna Barnes

Nightwood comes praised by many of my own personal literary heroes. TS Eliot was a fan. So too Jeanette Winterson. Even William Burroughs apparently loved it. 1,503 more words

Modernist Fiction

Djuna Barnes

We are but skin about a wind, with muscles clenched against mortality. We sleep in a long reproachful dust against ourselves. We are full to the gorge with our own names for misery. 95 more words