National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Giménez Smith generously deploys physical—often violent—imagery to challenge classist, consumerist, and socially polite forms of feminism.
A sharp, feminist manifesto by way of poetry collection.
Giménez Smith is full of words—luscious, scabby, furious manifestos of self and culture.
—The Raven Chronicles
From first read to multiple return, these poems root into the reader's own received cultural codes to challenge conventions of gender, culture, and chronology as reckoned by bodily human aging, the evolution of the literary canon, and the changing faces of an ineffable femininity.
—Julia Sophia Paegle, author of Torch Song Tango Choir
Carmen Giménez-Smith's Milk and Filth
executes a benthic post-survival strategy wherein clawed, unlikely armaments unfurl from the tiniest coil of the conch. Here chimney-slim lyrics emit a scowl, a shiv, and a shriek while intricate tidal armies raise hot anthemic banners. Let us be as exclamation points to this puce-vermillion self-announcement!
—Joyelle McSweeney, author of Flet