Virgin

Virgin

Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo's debut collection of poems is a vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman. In Virgin, Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and mythmaking, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity--of naivete, of careless abandon--bef Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo's debut collection of poems is ...

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Title:Virgin
Author:Analicia Sotelo
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Virgin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:95 pages pages

Virgin Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 18, 2018
    I was hooked from the first poem, "Do You Speak Virgin?" from this impressive debut collection by Analicia Sotelo. My favorites included: "Ariadne's Guide to Getting a Man" "My Mother & the Parable of the Lemons" "My English Victorian Dating Troubles." What I like abou...
  • Cate
    Apr 13, 2018
    Loved this book. So thrilled we'll be hosting the author at Dogfish this fall ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Mar 23, 2018
    This was a great collection of poems reflecting on how a young woman comes to find her place in the world and love herself. Many of the poems use the Ariadne myth as a basis, but others relate to art and her Mexican American culture. ...
  • Jackie
    Jul 04, 2018
    Ooooh this is a good one. So many potential epigraphs for everything ever. ...
  • Margaryta
    Apr 07, 2018
    "Virgin" feels intimate on many layers, simultaneously biting and soothing. Sotelo gives the reader wisdom without making it sound that way and without being imposing in the process. Each consecutive poem draws you in deeper, and I began to question where the boundaries between myself,...
  • Gwendolyn
    May 09, 2018
    Analicia Sotelo is the first winner of the new Jake Adam York Prize for this debut poetry collection, and she is a deserving winner. I particularly love how these poems take contemporary situations and weave them together with mythological figures, famous artists, and other more timele...
  • rebecca
    Apr 03, 2018
    a mother will always love you,/ but a man can draw you in. ...
  • Michelle
    Aug 09, 2018
    Eh, didn't really connect with this one. Lots of subpar Plath karaoke, randomly dispersed line breaks in occasionally interesting-sounding but ultimately meaning-free and slippery prose, a surfeit of boring and facile autobiography, an overarching lack of rigor. Perhaps unfairly, as I ...
  • Maddie
    May 31, 2018
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  • Nicky Enriquez
    Jun 29, 2018
    I felt like I could commiserate with Sotelo?s words, many of which evoked the fury of being a young woman seeking love, respect, and acknowledgement in the 21st century. ...
  • Jenny McDougal
    Mar 29, 2018
    part historian part myth-maker, sotelo leans hard into all kinds of heartbreak: familial, platonic, mythic, and passionate. what makes this collection soar is her wit and precision, 'virgin' is pure pleasure, a sweet kind of bruising. ...
  • Patrick Frownfelter
    Mar 16, 2018
    Excellent work. Definitely on track to be one of the poetry giants of our generation. ...
  • Amy
    Jun 27, 2018
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  • Lynsy
    Apr 11, 2018
    Full review at Little Book Jockey. It?s always hard for me to review or rate poetry. It?s easy if I either love it or hate it, but for me this collection falls somewhere in the middle, although I did love a few lines. I think I couldn?t relate to many of the poems, which isn?t ...
  • Brittany
    Feb 25, 2018
    Read this exceptional collection. I couldn't put it down. A beautiful and gritty portrayal of life and love as a Latinx 20/30-something from San Antonio. ...
  • Lindsay
    Apr 25, 2018
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  • Christina
    Sep 16, 2018
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  • Jeanine
    Jul 07, 2018
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  • Sophia Emille
    Jun 02, 2018
    Analicia writes so effortlessly with such eloquence and honesty, immediately pulling you in with the opening poem and keeping you close all the way to the very last page of the book. A beautifully unique examination of one's life and womanhood. ...
  • Sarah Jedd
    Aug 14, 2018
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  • Erica Wright
    Aug 30, 2018
    Ferociously tender. One of the best poetry collections I've read this year. ...
  • Matt Ely
    Sep 04, 2018
    I appreciated the multiplicity of styles, sometimes letting words languish and drag, other times pushing one after another. Her titles work incredibly well as a supplement to the poem itself, with examples like "I'm trying to write a poem about a virgin and it's awful," setting the ton...
  • Michael Brockley
    Aug 31, 2018
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  • Kaitlyn
    Aug 03, 2018
    Sotelo?s writing was undoubtedly good. She is a great poet who utilizes form and imagery to create great stories. However, the emotional impact was lacking in most of her poems for me. The endings of the poems always left me unsatisfied. ...
  • Kandace
    Jun 08, 2018
    A beautiful and achingly real collection of poems on life and love, on pleasure and pain, on longing and fulfillment. ...
  • Brandon Amico
    Apr 15, 2018
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  • Alana
    Mar 29, 2018
    To admit I love you would be to admit I love ideas more than men, myself even less than ideas. ...
  • Sarah
    Sep 09, 2018
    Some favorite quotes: But he's right outside. Not right for me, but right outside. Now I have three heads: one for speech, one for sex, and one for second guessing. If you do marry, marry well Or marry never. And remember: A mother will always love you, But a man c...
  • Carly Miller
    Mar 26, 2018
    Analicia Sotelo enchanted me with her wit in her beautiful chapbook, Nonstop Godhead. To see how this wit, this play, this sass that made me laugh and scream with joy expanded on in Virgin is a true delight. Here is a contemporary woman walking us through modern debacles of desire and ...
  • Eli
    Jul 12, 2018
    This collection's title announces a balancing act: Sotelo is trying to navigate both the stark world of sexual politics and the richly allusive potential of Catholic mythology. Unfortunately, though there are poems in this volume where these things come together in a perfect collusion ...