Lauren Milici - Final Girl / Emily O'Neill - You Can't Pick Your Genre

Lauren Milici - Final Girl / Emily O'Neill - You Can't Pick Your Genre

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*SECOND PRINT RUN: ORDERS WILL SHIP ON 9/1/19*

92 Pages
5.8″ x 8.3″
Limited Edition of 300
Release date: July 22nd, 2019

Penned by two of America’s most exciting young poets, Lauren Milici’s Final Girl and Emily O’Neill’s You Can’t Pick Your Genre both reinvent devices and tropes frequently found in horror/thriller movies to tell stories of love, trauma, and recovery. A tribute to the longstanding tradition of Horror Movie double features that so many single-screen movie theaters made famous, Big Lucks is proud to present these two brilliant manuscripts together as a single-bound limited edition do-si-do.

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FINAL GIRL by Lauren Milici

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GIVE ME. I WANT TO BE MISSED

Final Girl by Lauren Milici
ISBN: 978-1-941985-50-2
40 Pages
5.8" x 8.3"
First Edition

From Nancy Thompson to Sidney Prescott, horror movies have used the “final girl” trope to tell survival stories that center the violent tendencies of men. But in Lauren Milici’s debut chapbook, Final Girl upends the narrative devices associated with the formulaic archetype and subverts them: the speakers wield their vulnerability as armor (I can’t/be trusted to kiss without biting”) & modes of survival against sexual assault, trauma, and body dysmorphia. These scathing poems build upon the tenants of confessional and synthesize them with modern horror metaphor, inventing a new feminist paradigm for our time. The result is a cutting collection that is as much a triumph as it is a terror: “I have always crawled home with split lips & skin. I have bled more than this.“

Read excerpts in:

Maudlin House
Glass Poetry
Yes, Poetry

 
Lauren Milici is a Jersey-born, Florida raised poet and writer based in West Virginia. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University. When she isn’t crafting sad poems about sex, she’s either writing or shouting into the void about film, TV, and all things pop culture. Final Girl is her first book.
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YOU CAN’T PICK YOUR GENRE by Emily O’Neill

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IF YOU THINK MOVIES MAKE PSYCHOS MORE CREATIVE, YOU’RE CORRECT

ISBN: 978-1-941985-51-9
44 Pages
5.8" x 8.3"
Second Edition

The poems in Emily O'Neill's You Can't Pick Your Genre endure. They riot. These poems are shining echoes from the Scream film series, but they are also warnings, testimonials, declarations. Emily O'Neill tells us, "Watch how practiced / you are, letting him practice desire on your disinterest." O'Neill re-renders the split-open bodies of women in horror films as testimonials of survival. Each poem is a reclamation, a rebirth, pulling the audience through the horror of how it feels to be acted upon as an object at a story's center. Each howling voice tells the reader, I am still here and I can never be killed.


Read excerpts in:

Drunk In A Midnight Choir
Queen Mob’s Teahouse
Pinwheel

Emily O'Neill teaches writing and tends bar in Boston, MA. Her second poetry collection, a falling knife has no handle, is out this fall from YesYes Books. Her debut poetry collection, Pelican, was the inaugural winner of YesYes Books' Pamet River Prize for women and genderqueer writers, as well as the winner of the 2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Series in Poetry. O'Neill is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently baby on bar from Ghost City Press. Her recent poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Cutbank, Gramma, Pinwheel, Redivider, Salt Hill, and Washington Square, among many others.
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