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Title : Madame X
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ISBN : 9780982237687
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 112 Pages
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Madame X Reviews

  • erin
    2019-04-19 05:40

    "I just don't know who—who I'm supposed to be or how to make enough money."I wrote some despairing job poems once and I think these lines that end "the job interview" are pretty much what I meant by them. this book is playful and dark and amazing. thank you Abigail who is not on any social media for demanding that I read it.

  • Sam Hall
    2019-03-24 12:38

    Things to consider while reading Darcie Dennigan’s Madame X:1. The cover art is by Carl Dimitri—he also lays claim to the cover image for her chapbook The Dept. of Ephebic Dreamery. In both instances the image invites texture that (I think) wholly mimics the texture of the poetry. The woman’s carmine nakedness against puttied and scaled white. She is nowhere and everywhere as the poetry is naturally strange in its place, a place we recognize but seek to forget. 2. “The Youngest Thing Living in L.A” is likely not living at all. My reasoning: “that is just your face stiffening around your cheeks” AND the hysterical mothers reasoning is plagued with the past participle.3. Do not be wary of dead babies.4. If you read the ellipses like a radio announcer delving into the grim and unbelievable through a bad reception you won’t want to stop listening because you’re learning how strontium loves our bones. Or would love if given the chance.5. Decay, disease and experiments. The earth just takes it—unless Momma Earth is reckoning with the assailants through the death of the first born or any born. Bean juice for the babies she says.6. How selfish are you? Why do you not speak? Or not speak the truth?7. Don’t be so eager to please or you’ll end up serving 29 guests 31 rare ivory-billed woodpecker skewers skewing duck hearts in a broth of bay leaves and curry instead of the trending raw heart served drowing…in a sacred diamond flavored fountain. 8. The original Madame X is a lovely arresting portrait of the late 19th century socialite Virginie Amelie Avegno Gautreau, painted by John Singer Sargent—for some reason I imagine her holding the infant statuette in LA gazing at the dead-end expanse in her velvet dress. 9. Do no be afraid to use “Columbine-ish” to describe two greasy teens boarding a bus, unzipping a duffel bag. Do not be afraid to stare at their black boots. Do not be afraid to think their boots are the hooves of the horse God rode into your dream on last nighty. Do not be afraid to choose which God is your muse. 10. This is not starving language—but do not mishear the signs, drink OJ in an orange grove in silence. Do not starve your language.

  • Jeremy Allan
    2019-04-20 10:39

    I was a big fan of Darcie Dennigan's first book, Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, and so I was excited to read Madame X, especially coming from a press I admire, Canarium. What I discovered was a significant conceptual jump in Dennigan's work. Whereas her debut held structural elements and thematic development that I would argue grounded Corinna in the conceptual realm, Madame X is driven by stronger conceptual forces. Honestly, I feel a little reluctant to try to name them, because I think this book will need me to read it several times before I can feel to have a strong sense of what is going on. Suffice to say that persona takes a very strong role, though it is derided by an ominous and nearly omnipresent elision that occurs on the level of the line but also may be said to happen on larger scales. My hunch is that this is a challenging book, however, not only for the conceptual elements at work, but because of how it takes on the dominant culture of contemporary poetry -- the straight, white, male and upper-middle class bias from which many of us read without entirely knowing it. I, for one, am still learning how to read without imposing my biases on the text (an impossible thing?). Luckily for me, Dennigan is too fine a poet for me to confuse my biases with untainted reality: I made myself hollow-boned so his arms would definitely break me I called and called and tookall my songs outside their parentheses If you want a note to last, you have to hold itOh yes, this is one to which I'll be returning.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-16 05:31

    Who knew that a turn-of-the-century melodrama would grab my interest after a series of less than riveting contemporary literary novels? I bought this book when I was in high school and used to cruise library books sales in Boston for old, oddball books. I was about to give this book away to the Salvation Army the last time I was home, but when my mom read a paragraph of it aloud it sounded pretty good. And it was!This is the tragic tale of a young French woman who deceives her husband after he neglects her, and then begs his forgiveness when their son falls ill, asking him for a second chance. He cruelly throws her out of the house and condemns her to the life of a fallen woman. This is an action-packed tale of her desolate life, the attempts of her regretful husband to find her, and the actions of a few blackmailers who also come on the scene. The story proceeds at a breakneck pace worthy of any modern-day thriller, and the twists and turns may not be always completely believable but are certainly page-turny. This book, based on a play, was also made into numerous movie, and I can really see why.I'd be happy to loan it (it's long out of print) to any interested party. The cover is great. I wish I could show it to you.

  •  Doris Powell
    2019-04-19 13:38

    This is a very old edition, 1910 to be exact. It was very refreshing. I enjoyed it because it did not even have the word "damned" in it. The word looked like this d-----d. That was the worst word in the whole book! I also enjoyed the story. Jacqueline was thrown out of her house by her husband. She had previously run away with another man. But she came back to beg forgiveness from her husband. She wanted to be with her son who was ill. Her husband refused to let her come back, and so for 20 years she was forced to find her own way in the world. At the end of the book Jacqueline and her husband and her son, Raymond, meet in the courtroom when she is accused of murdering her present lover. It would make a great play, too.

  • Joseph
    2019-03-22 09:34

    For X is Darcie Dennigan’s eagerly-awaited follow-up to her celebrated 2008 collection Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse and it has already found loads of well-deserved critical acclaim. Dennigan has a powerful command of language, and is not afraid to warp the form of poems in distinct, difficult, and effective ways. She has a knack for constructing poetic monologues in sets of conversational paragraphs, punctuated with extensive ellipses and words that reveal themselves through their absence, all saturated with a dark, skeletal humor. I’m immediately reminded of James Tate and Céline but set two thousand years in the future.

  • Charlie
    2019-03-31 13:39

    Dennigan’s second collection, from 2012. I can see how Dennigan’s mastery over tone (specifically the tone of snark) develops here, especially in poems like “The Matriarchy,” that will come into full bloom in Palace of Subatomic Bliss. I think the poetic form that Dennigan uses for most of this collection (I’m not quite sure what to call it.. Celinesque?) is a bit of a misstep. It seldom reads especially well to me, but that may just be personal preference. This collection, like her other two, still has wit and mood for days. Read it.

  • Jaredjosephjaredjoseph harveyharvey
    2019-03-26 07:34

    Even if I believed the Word became flesh, well-I'd probably just want to have sex with it.

  • Biscuits
    2019-04-16 05:35

    Gasping still

  • Jerry
    2019-04-03 10:27

    Very lively poems (many of them prose poems) with a sense of humor and a sense of everyday tragedy.

  • Alex
    2019-04-01 10:29

    I gotta read this again before I give it any sort of rating. It's marvelous and weird but doesn't always hold together.

  • Luna Miguel
    2019-04-04 07:38