Pure Poetry #2: Eileen Myles

Pure Poetry Week:

#1 – 2/23/2011 – Def Poetry Jam, by Riese
#2 – 2/23/2011 – Eileen Myles, by Carmen
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I met Eileen Myles on Autostraddle, which was a good sign. My first thought at meeting her was that I had to leave this class I was in because oh my god I found this poet. Eileen knew everything, and her poetry felt genuine. I always feel when I read an Eileen Myles poem that I am getting to know her so much better.

My first Eileen Myles poem said this and was called “Smile”:

“Every
time he smiled he thought Eileen
is a fool. Or that’s what love looks
like.”

Somewhere between that day and today, the day you let me talk about Eileen Myles, I left class and bought a leather bomber jacket and bought Skies. I had also developed an ebay addiction. Skies is a collection of poems. It was really cheap on ebay. The day after it arrived, I packed a bag and left home. I packed Skies. I didn’t want to lose it so I carried it with me.

That night I ended up at a close friend who also writes for Autostraddle‘s house. At the end of the night it was my two friends and I and Eileen. I read Skies to them.

When I put Skies in my backpack I put away a photograph inside of someone I thought I was losing. I knew it would be safe there because I was going to keep Skies on my bedside table. It seemed cute, just her and I and Eileen.

THIS IS ACTUALLY WHAT I WOULD LOOK LIKE IF I WERE EILEEN MYLES.

Soon I had bought Sorry, Tree and The New Fuck You: An Adventure in Lesbian Reading which wasn’t written by Eileen, but she edited it and I knew she’d have good taste. And I took Cool for You out of the library… and renewed it. I saved up for Inferno.

Every time I read a new Eileen Myles book, I end up carrying it on me for weeks. I think I’m going to end up with a good collection. I would never lose it.

“in a few
days you’ll
be shaped
by this
& a new

meaning
will
come.”

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Carmen currently serves as the Deputy Straddlerverse Editor for Autostraddle, mostly because she's in love with you crazy queers. She's mother to the most adorable dog on Earth and hates paying more than one dollar for a good slice of pizza. At times, she self-identifies as "the baddest bitch." You should follow her on Twitter and Tumblr probably because it makes her feel good about herself.

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    I feel the exact same way I have all of her books and compilations including the new fuck you ( which as you said she edited. They are constantly amazing me everytime i read them I feel like im sitting having coffee with her and I dont know if its me picking what I want out of her poetry and novels but she makes me understand myself so much and in general it helps me through alot. I havent bought or found inferno here yet but I’m destined to read it sometime soon :D. Eileen is great she is like my voice that says just do it! and she gives confidence in myself I like it alot. Im super shy and anxious so Eileen feels like my big sister. In short she rocks and her writings are soooo important. La fin.

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    I love that feeling when you discover something new and it makes so much sense and seems to be talking right to you and makes you feels all these things at once and you can’t sit still because you just want to get up and do something with it.

    I will look for ‘Skies’ now. thank you.

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