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Dona Juanita and the Love of Boys Paperback – 2 April 2020

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  • Publisher : Buon-Cattivi Press (2 April 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 170 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1922314013
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1922314017
  • Dimensions : 12.7 x 0.99 x 20.32 cm

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'Put simple, I feel this is one of the most important poetic narratives to have appeared in English anywhere, at any time. This is a cathartic masterpiece, a work of female desire that traumatises gender, makes liberties out of its incorrectitudes.' John Kinsella.

'This is a work which bets to be re-read annually, allowing it to mature and reveal its many layers of meaning, over time.

'This is one for the lovers of poetry, novels, erotica and queer fiction, as well as anyone curious about that quirky genre, the verse novel.' Tracey Korsten. Glam Adelaide.

'Brilliant is quite possibly the only word to use when describing the intensity of this text. Everall comprises a concerto of sing-song poems which progressively dive deeper into a dark, dirty land of desire. Here whim, want and wisdom whirl up to surround the unlikely heroine, the wanton wannabe Dona Juanita, in a contorted costumery of crushes gone awry. 'In this narrative title piece, Dona Juanita, the modern, mythic maiden demented desire is made clear with brutal accuracy. "She eats out their eyes/with a spoon/gourmet meals are/supposed to be small". Everall coos instantly mocking the menace of men.' Scott-Patrick Mitchell. Out-in-Perth.

About the Author

Gabrielle Everall was born in Warrnambool, Victoria. She completed a BA Honours in Creative Writing at Curtin University in 1997. In 2004, she completed a Masters of Arts at the University of Western Sydney, where she wrote Dona Juanita and The Love of Boys. This was her first collection of poetry which has been made possible by the 'A Few New Words' poetry publishing initiative from the Department of Culture and The Arts. She was awarded a PhD from the University of Western Australia. She has performed her poetry at The Big Day Out, Putting On An Act, The National Young Writer's Festival, Overload, Melbourne Emerging Writer's Festival, The Bowery, The Edinburgh Fringe and La Mama.

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