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All American Girl

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Winner of the 1996 Lambda Book Award for Lesbian Poetry.

“With poignancy, honesty, and grace, Becker contends with the messy implications of her lesbian sexuality, Jewish identity, and sister's suicide. . . . Becker is acutely aware of, and devastated by, her many losses, but emerges defiant and admirably without regret or shame.”

—Boston Review

From Publishers Weekly

Feb 05, 1996 – In her third collection, Becker (Giacometti's Dog) presents a washed out, chiaroscuro portrait of the lonely woman, whose lover " beautiful and/ sees beauty where I see sadness..." Readers, too, may search for moments of beauty, but Becker holds them at bay. These poems focus on the lesbian trying to fake it in a heterosexual milieu, the suicide's sister, the traveler hoping to fit in somewhere--from the 1950s Philadelphia of her childhood, Italy, France, New Mexico, Wyoming. Ultimately, this volume is more about leaving than loving; the speaker of the final poem considers "how my life has been a flight/ from family, and how I've arrived/ at middle age without one." The poems are intense, and a few ("Port-Au-Prince, 1960" and "The Ribbon") are stirring, but too many focus on similar events from similar emotional perspectives, leaving readers ultimately unmoved.
All American Girl
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  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Feb 08, 1996
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 80 Pages
  • Language: English
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