Dubbed "the rock star of modern poetry", Eileen Myles’ presents a deeply personal fictionalized memoir that mirrors Dante’s Divine Comedy in overall structure but injects it - as evidenced by an eighty-plus page passage written as a grant application - with a dose of the avant-garde in its portrayal of a bohemian poet finding her artistic and sexual identity in fertile creative ground of the New York City underground from the '70’s through the '90’s.
Myles’s performance of her own work imbues it with a startling vulnerability and emotional resonance that is rare to find in an audiobook.
From its beginning - “My English professor’s ass was so beautiful” - to its end - “You can actually learn to have grace. And that’s heaven” - poet, essayist, and performer Eileen Myles’ chronicle transmits an energy and vividness that will not soon leave its listeners. Her story of a young female writer, discovering both her sexuality and her own creative drive in the meditative and raucous environment that was New York City in its punk and indie heyday, is engrossing, poignant, and funny. This is a voice from the underground that redefines the meaning of the word.
©2010 Eileen Myles (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Obsessive reader and listener; it's a sick thing!
It's clear that Myles shouldn't read her own work. As a performer she may have been moving in the 70s and 80s when she was discovering herself in the poetry scene of beatnik New York. But that voice loses its resonance in the 21st century and her experimental wandering novel becomes only a loose collection of sentences, most seemingly having little or nothing to do with the others. At times funny and even sharply profound, her memoir novel is otherwise only confusing, grotesque, and weirdly detached. Which may have been the point. A reflection on life as she sees it. But her delivery of that viewpoint is lacking in skill and subtlety. And her delivery as a voice narrator is both jarring and frustrating as she has no skill or smoothness. The editing is rough if it exists at all so the whole track sounds disjointed as though she often lost her place and had to stop for breath or to interpret a badly written word. Ultimately not a good listening experience.
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