Granary Books, 2002. Item #GB_109SGN
7 x 10 in., 48 pp., smyth-sewn in wrappers.
“What happens when two brilliant avant-garde artists collaborate? A wild carnival of collage, color, design, and lines like ‘Decorum had its way with her.’ Or: ‘Her outfit ached against my thigh.’ Any sentimental image of a girl’s life we might have is overexposed, self-titillated, and deconstructed. It’s dazzling. It’s funny. It’s a riot.”
“When ‘image is everything,’ any girl’s life hits the top of the cultcrit charts. It’s a REVOLUTION OF THE WORD. Way past post post-modern. Pre-Omega Point. Like totally!... Read this outrageous, funny and touching book and don’t be clueless anymore.”
A Girl’s Life is a graphic melodrama of romance, crime, and passion in which girls “struggle to survive the snares and pitfalls of contemporary life.” Darkly comic and fiendishly noir, the mood of this book is expressed in colorful prose, lurid collage, and wildly adventurous typography. This collaboration between visual poet Johanna Drucker and painter/book artist Susan Bee is an exciting synthesis of two distinctive but sympathetic sensibilities which addresses adolescent angst in all of its fashionably gory details; “accessory to a crime” takes on a whole new meaning in this book.
This is from an edition of 1000 copies, of which 26 are signed by the poet and author. Lettered edition, as new.
ABOUT JOHANNA DRUCKER
Further reading: collected reviews and press, including Frontlist Books, Chris Tysh in Metrotimes, and Corinne Robins in Rain Taxi.
See also: Shaw, Tate. "To Figure Out What Is Happening: An Interview with Johanna Drucker." The Journal of Artists’ Books 21. Spring 2007.