January 2008 / Updated September 2018
Trade Paper Original
80 pp. | $15.00
In her second collection, Shanna Compton leads readers on a satirical tour through various works of advice for young women, including antique etiquette manuals, 19th-century sermons, pseudoscientific physiology textbooks, newspaper clippings, and the Internet.
Counseling girls on everything from fashion to family, the multiple personae in For Girls & Other Poems clamour to convey their contradictory (and often ridiculous) wisdom, as their polyvocal cacophony pitches toward hysterical heights.