Mira Gonzalez

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Mira Gonzalez
Born (1992-05-28) May 28, 1992 (age 31)
RelativesChuck Dukowski, stepfather

Mira Gonzalez (born May 28, 1992) is an American poet.[1][2][3] 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.[4][5][6][7] According to Liza Darwin in Nylon magazine, Gonzalez is part of a "whole new crop of cool girl poets" whose work is "clever, totally unfiltered, and peppered with twisted insight and refreshing humor."[8] She has been published in magazines including Vice, Hobart, and Muumuu House. In 2015, Gonzalez and Tao Lin released Selected Tweets, a collaborative double-book featuring selections from three of her Twitter accounts, as well as visual art and "extras".[9][3] In 2015, the singer Lily Allen posted an image of her hand above Gonzalez's i will not be beautiful enough... book of poems, which led to speculation that the singer's marriage was on shaky ground.[10] Gonzalez has described her writing process as follows:

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[11]

She is from Los Angeles, California.


Dazed & Confused magazine chose i will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together as its poetry book of the week, comparing Gonzalez to Tao Lin as a writer with a prolific and intense social media presence.[12] In 2014 the collection was a finalist for The Believer magazine's Poetry Award.[13] Flavorwire, an online culture magazine, named Gonzalez one of "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013".[14]


A review in Rumpus magazine described i will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together as about "disconnected sex, anxiety, loneliness, drugs, and depression" but with "cool, effervescent, and clear" observations.[15] In one poem, according to reviewer Emily Bludworth de Barrios, Gonzalez repeats a sequence of words for emphasis, a technique sometimes called anaphora, to emphasize emotion.[15] A review described her writing as having "brutal honesty and minimalist vocabulary and diction."[13] A review in Economy magazine described her poems as having a "studied laboriousness" which was "weirdly compelling."[16] Filmmaker and screenwriter Lena Dunham wrote in The Guardian that the book was one of her favorites for 2014, and that it brings "experimental poetry into the internet age with dark, distinctly female riffs on ambition, depression and love."[17] Reviewer Emma-Lee Moss in The Guardian wrote that Gonzalez's persona is "radical in its contradictions – her voice is both punk and disinterested, both promiscuous and not particularly sexual."[10] The New Inquiry called Gonzalez's poetry "a paragon of flat writing and ambivalence toward emotion" that "conjures an affectively messy universe."[18]

Personal life[edit]

Gonzalez is the daughter of visual artist Lora Norton and the stepdaughter of Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski.[11][19] Her mother, stepfather and brother Milo are members of the Chuck Dukowski Sextet.[11]


  1. ^ Smith, Karl. "Tome On The Range". The Quietus. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ Quinn Moreland, Impose Magazine, 2019, (ALMOST) A TO Z WITH MIRA GONZALEZ, Retrieved September 23, 2019
  3. ^ a b Anisse Gross, September 15, 2015, Publishers Weekly, Four Questions for...Poet Mira Gonzalez, Retrieved September 23, 2019
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Clare Swanson, March 13, 2014, Columbia Journalist, Independent publisher goes against the ebook tide Archived 2014-03-28 at archive.today, Accessed July 15, 2013, "...first title, a collection of poems by Los Angeles writer Mira Gonzalez..."
  6. ^ Fidler, Luke. "I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together (review)". The Economy. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  7. ^ Blueskye, Brian. "Western Lit: SoCal Poet Mira Gonzalez's Debut Collection Finds Success With Deep Simplicity". CV Independent. Retrieved 13 July 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. ^ EMMA KOLCHIN-MILLER, Spectator Staff Writer, April 30, 2015, Columbia Spectator, ‘Selected Tweets’ a new-age narrative, Retrieved June 26, 2015
  10. ^ a b Emma Lee-Moss, 3 September 2015, The Guardian, Mira Gonzalez’s poems are quietly defining texts of the digital era: The young poet has become unwittingly involved in a social media stir about Lily Allen’s marriage. What’s all the fuss about?, Retrieved September 23, 2019, "......"
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Lin, Tao. "Tao Lin selects Mira Gonzalez". Dazed & Confused. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  13. ^ a b "The Believer". The Believer Magazine. McSweeney's. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  14. ^ Diamond, Jason. "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013". Flavorwire. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  15. ^ 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
  16. ^ Luke A. Fidler, January 17, 2014, The Economy Magazine, I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together, Mira Gonzalez, Accessed July 15, 2014
  17. ^ Lena Dunham, 29 November 2014, The Guardian, Writers pick the best books of 2014: part one, Retrieved December 12, 2014
  18. ^ Hannah Manshel (July 7, 2014). "Depthless Psychology The flatness of Mira Gonzalez's poetry". thenewinquiry.com. TNI. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  19. ^ DiTrapano, Giancarlo. "A BLACK FLAG KID WROTE A BOOK OF POEMS". Vice. Retrieved 13 July 2014.

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