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The gardens of our childhoods

Author: John Belk
Publisher: Pittsburgh, PA : Autumn House Press, [2022] ©2022
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poems considering self, masculinity, and culture through the spectacle of professional wrestling. In this stunning debut, John Belk looks at the world of professional wrestling to excavate the real within the artificial and explore the projections we create, run from, and delight in. In The Gardens of Our Childhoods, the distance between spectacle and reality blurs. Belk uses the spectacle of wrestling to stare  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
poetry
Poésie
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Belk
ISBN: 163768035X 9781637680353
OCLC Number: 1276934036
Awards: "Winner of the 2021 Autumn House Rising Writer Prize"--Cover
Description: 63 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Table of ContentsTrash 1Perry Saturn makes ends meet after a failed tour with New Japan Pro-Wrestling 3The Death of Owen Hart 5Buff Bagwell's Mother 6incantation [Fraxinus ornus] 7Perry Saturn fell in love with a mop 8The Cauliflower Alley Club 9Stasiak & Sammartino 10Stasiak & Sammartino II 11The Gardens of Our Childhoods 12Marcus Bagwell's Mother 13letterlocking 17Angle of Regard 18a business without heart or conscience 20Hermeneutics 21bar trivia: good things have to happen to someone 22WrestleMania XVI & suicide 23Stone Cold Steve Austin's Mother 24definition of the continental shelf 25The Undertaker's American Badass Phase 26dead letter office 27bar trivia: no wrestler has ever used an Annie Lennox song as entry music 28Jimmy Snuka's Mother 29John Cena's Spinner Belt 30poem about a dying mall 31Perry Saturn at a bed-&-breakfast in Katonah, New York, before a January sunrise 32My love wants a chicken named Eleanor of Aquitaine 33Razor Ramon 34Blackjack Mulligan's Mother 35The time Vince McMahon tore both his quadriceps while sliding angrily 37shipletters 38Madison Square 39Hacksaw Jim Duggan's Mother 40The Fingerpoke of Doom 41one two skip a few a hundred 42bar trivia: Venice has been sinking for years 43Perry Saturn wonders 44Good Endings 45Ultimate Warrior's Mother 46fanletters 48for once the best option is the easiest option 49The Mouth of the South 50Perry Saturn becomes the first wrestler to board the International Space Station 51at the top of this space elevator 54the young immortal plane 55Olive Saturn & the Third Plutonian Resettlement Operation 56The Fancy 58Acknowledgments 61Thanks 63
Responsibility: John Belk.

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"Poems considering self, masculinity, and culture through the spectacle of professional wrestling. In this stunning debut, John Belk looks at the world of professional wrestling to excavate the real within the artificial and explore the projections we create, run from, and delight in. In The Gardens of Our Childhoods, the distance between spectacle and reality blurs. Belk uses the spectacle of wrestling to stare deeply into American culture and masculinity, parsing the intersecting threads of patriarchy and gender, and unpacking identity formation and performance. As Belk pries into toxic masculinities, he leaves space also for tenderness, queerness, and resistance to normative structures, opening the potential for love and admiration. Populated by classic and contemporary wrestlers like André the Giant, Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Ricky Steamboat, Bruno Sammartino, Marcus "Buff" Bagwell, and more, this book is ultimately about the constant deconstruction and reconstruction of our identities that smudge fiction and reality. Like wrestlers in their operatic and winding storylines, we learn how to project and inhabit identities while growing into and fighting against the scripts we write for ourselves and those that are imposed on us. The Gardens of Our Childhoods is the winner of Autumn House Press's Rising Writer Prize in Poetry."--

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"In The Gardens of Our Childhoods, Belk transfers the Bard's comment that 'All the world's a stage' from the theater's stage to the comic, violent, vulnerable, and wild ring of WrestleMania. This is Read more...

 
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