Dead Girls

This collection of haunting, magical poems  draws on myth and fable to explore the roles women play in many archetypal stories—and gives voice to these female characters, to let them tell their tales in their own words.

"At times enigmatic, always enchanting, Dead Girls is Block writing at the top of her form.

Highly recommended." ~ Charles de Lint Fantasy and Science Fiction

"Dead Girls does what it's supposed to do. It allows us to see the familiar as though we've not seen it before, with language that is striking and bold and sometimes celestial. Even as changed as the source material is, you'll still learn something new about these enduring stories and probably something new about yourself. I know that every time I reread one (which I've done numerous times before sitting down to write this), I find an element I didn't notice in an earlier reading.

At times enigmatic, always enchanting, Dead Girls is Block writing at the top of her form.

Highly recommended." ~ Charles de Lint Fantasy and Science Fiction

"Wasn’t it pervert Edgar Allen Poe who said, 'The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world?' Francesca Lia Block’s book Dead Girls begs to differ. Here we see the exploitation of girls—spun into the very DNA of our Western culture of myth and fairy tales—for what it is. Block gives voice to these women and girls, including the 'wicked' queens and stepmothers, revealing a complexity and despair as only a truly great poet can. I’ll tell you what is the most poetical topic in the world—beautiful girls who are very much alive in these exquisite poems."~ Denise Duhamel

"In the gorgeous realms of these poems we might hear beguiling instructions: 'Heed my advice / Take your heart from your chest / Let it bleed in your hands / Talk to it softly / as if to a lover,' and then wander into their alluring spaces of darkness. Bristling with violence and eroticism, the wilderness here resonates with current and crucial concerns. Listen close and follow Francesca Lia Block’s seductive voice as it speaks through these fabular figures: 'I want to tell my history / Can you hear my stories?'"~ Molly Bendall

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