Mira Gonzalez

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Born 1993 (age 20–21)
Occupation Poet
Language English
Nationality United States
Notable works I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together
Relatives Chuck Dukowski, stepfather

Mira Gonzalez (born May 28, 1992) is an American poet from Los Angeles, California.[1] Her first collection, I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together, was published by Spencer Madsen of Sorry House press on January 31, 2013.[2][3][4][5] According to one source, she writes about "drugs, sex, loneliness, laziness, recklessness, self-loathing" in an "extremely humorous and warm manner."[6] A review in Rumpus magazine described the book as about "disconnected sex, anxiety, loneliness, drugs, and depression" but with "cool, effervescent, and clear" observations.[7] In one poem, according to reviewer Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Gonzalez repeats a sequence of words for emphasis, sometimes called in poetry anaphora, to emphasize emotion.[7] According to reviewer Liza Darwin in Nylon magazine, Gonzalez is part of a "whole new crop of cool girl poets" and described her work as "clever, totally unfiltered, and peppered with twisted insight and refreshing humor."[8] Dazed & Confused magazine chose it as their poetry book of the week, averring that "Mira Gonzalez is a phenomenon of the same breed as Tao Lin: she might actually be the only literary social media presence more prolific and more intense."[9] In March 2014 it was announced that Gonzalez's collection is a finalist for The Believer Poetry Award.[10] A review described her writing as having "brutal honesty and minimalist vocabulary and diction."[10] A review in Economy magazine described her poems as having a "studied laboriousness" which was "weirdly compelling."[11] Gonzalez has been published in Vice, Hobart, and Muumuu House. Flavorwire named her one of "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013".[12] In an interview, she described her writing process:

I will spend hours on one sentence sometimes, and if I feel that sentence isn’t expressing exactly what I want it to express, I will delete the sentence entirely. I think it takes a lot of precision and tedious work.

—Mira Gonzalez, 2014[13]

Gonzalez is the daughter of visual artist Lora Norton, and the stepdaughter of Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski.[13][14] According to one report, her mother, stepfather, and her brother named Milo are members of the music group called the Chuck Dukowski Sextet.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Karl. "Tome On The Range". The Quietus. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Angela Almeida, December 20th, 2012, NYU Local, NYU Students Collaborate To Create Publishing House, Kool A.D. And Tao Lin Weigh In, Accessed July 15, 2014
  3. ^ Clare Swanson, March 13, 2014, Columbia Journalist, Independent publisher goes against the ebook tide, Accessed July 15, 2013, "...first title, a collection of poems by Los Angeles writer Mira Gonzalez..."
  4. ^ Fidler, Luke. "I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together (review)". The Economy. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Blueskye, Brian. "Western Lit: SoCal Poet Mira Gonzalez’s Debut Collection Finds Success With Deep Simplicity". CV Independent. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  6. ^ July 2, 2014, Believer magazine, WHAT WOULD TWITTER DO? (interview with Mira Gonzalez), Accessed July 15, 2014
  7. ^ a b EMILY BLUDWORTH DE BARRIOS (reviewer), July 6th, 2013, The Rumpus magazine, I WILL NEVER BE BEAUTIFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE US BEAUTIFUL TOGETHER BY MIRA GONZALEZ, Accessed July 15, 2014
  8. ^ Liza Darwin (reviewer), January 30, 2014, Nylon magazine, I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together, Accessed July 15, 2014
  9. ^ Lin, Tao. "Tao Lin selects Mira Gonzalez". Dazed & Confused. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "The Believer". The Believer Magazine. McSweeney's. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Luke A. Fidler, January 17, 2014, Economy magazine, I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together, Mira Gonzalez, Accessed July 15, 2014
  12. ^ Diamond, Jason. "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013". Flavorwire. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c Brian Blueskye, 19 July 2013, CV Independent, Western Lit: SoCal Poet Mira Gonzalez’s Debut Collection Finds Success With Deep Simplicity, Accessed July 15, 2014
  14. ^ DiTrapano, Giancarlo. "A BLACK FLAG KID WROTE A BOOK OF POEMS". Vice. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

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