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Cool For You

A Novel

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April 11, 2017 | Paperback | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9781619029170


“A cult figure to a generation of post-punk females forming their own literary avant-garde.” —The New York Times

Why can’t I live right now. Because I am not rich, I am not a saint. But I do know this: not all of us were sent here to work.

The first published novel of legendary poet and performer Eileen Myles follows a queer female growing up in working-class Boston, straining against the institutions that hold her: family, Catholic school, jobs at a camp, at a nursing home, at a school for developmentally disabled adult males. Free-ranging and deadpan, tragic and joyful, this is a book about women, gender, class, bodies, escape, and what it means to be “inside.”

Never more relevant, and now with an introduction by Chris Kraus.

EILEEN MYLES has published twenty books of poetry, art journalism, and fiction and libretti. She’s a Guggenheim Fellow, has received the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America and a Lambda Award for lesbian fiction, and was named to the Whiting/Slate Second Novel List. She also received an arts writers grant from Creative Capital/ the Warhol Foundation and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. She lives in Marfa, Texas, and New York.

CHRIS KRAUS is the author of four novels, includingI Love Dick and Summer of Hate, two books of cultural criticism, and, most recently, a critical biography of Kathy Acker. She is a co-editor of Semiotexte and lives in Los Angeles.


“Myles is, and has always been, the most public of poets… But as a writer who is also a lesbian working-class poet, Myles finds that to describe her own life, she must investigate everything, from educational and institutional control to the sensation of language itself… Seventeen years after its first publication, [Cool for You] feels just as radical, startling, and daringly alive as when it first came out.” —Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, from the new introduction to Cool for You

“The rock star of modern poetry.” —BUST

“Her work is hard to describe, best encountered on its own terms; suffice to say it combines frankness and beauty in a truly original way.” —Guardian

“One of the saviest voices and most restless intellects in contemporary lit.” —Dennis Cooper

“Myles is a big deal, a rock star, sort of like the Patti Smith of contemporary poetry… [she] is relentlessly casual, and even joyful. She has a good time journeying through Hell, and like a hip Virgil, she’s happy to show us the way.” —NPR

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