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This is an experimental text made up of a series of poetic segments, each narrating the voice of a different women from a place called Town It is a distinct, brutal and achingly beautiful chorus The women delve into friendship, rape, subjugation, objectification, motherhood, love, erotic desire, incest, and murder There are moments of unexpected transcendence when a girl will describe her body or her mother And there are others which are transgressive and jolt the reader s consciousness awak This is an experimental text made up of a series of poetic segments, each narrating the voice of a different women from a place called Town It is a distinct, brutal and achingly beautiful chorus The women delve into friendship, rape, subjugation, objectification, motherhood, love, erotic desire, incest, and murder There are moments of unexpected transcendence when a girl will describe her body or her mother And there are others which are transgressive and jolt the reader s consciousness awake, allowing them to turn the page and confront an epiphany with their barriers down It is a complicated, brave work of art [[ Free Book ]] ✕ I Become a Delight to My Enemies ⇥ Dark, cutting, and coursed through with bright flashes of humour, crystalline imagery, and razor sharp detail, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is a gut wrenchingly powerful, breathtakingly beautiful meditation on the violence and shame inflicted on the female body and psyche An experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies uses many different voices and forms to tell the stories of the women who live in an uncanny Town, uncovering their experiences of shame, fear, cruelty, and transcendence Sara Peters combines poetry and short prose vignettes to create a singular, unflinching portrait of a Town in which the lives of girls and women are shaped by the brutality meted upon them and by their acts of defiance and yearning towards places of safety and belonging Through lucid detail, sparkling imagery and illumination, Peters individual characters and the collective of The Town leap vividly, fully formed off the page A hybrid in form, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is an awe inspiring example of the exquisite force of words to shock and to move, from a writer of exceptional talent and potential This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Lots of elliptical play here to get to the complex heart s of the matter Some of the collection is formalist exercise eg the abecedarius of never not , but what is strongest about the collection is that it s this extended meditation on a conceptual world and its gentle recurring cast and settings and polyphonous latitude adds up to something menacing and really felt Really strong long poem if we ve got to call it something I think maybe redundant in stretches, and, well, could ve been Lots of elliptical play here to get to the complex heart s of the matter Some of the collection is formalist exercise eg the abecedarius of never not , but what is strongest about the collection is that it s this extended meditation on a conceptual world and its gentle recurring cast and settings and polyphonous latitude adds up to something menacing and really felt Really strong long poem if we ve got to call it something I think maybe redundant in stretches, and, well, could ve been a lot leaner, but am grateful for its excess too Hard to come to a hard stance on it, but maybe once I ve hadtime to digest it and let things settle I ll be able to Maybe my big concern is how one voice aka the author can claim authority to sooo many experiences, but in this oneiric elliptical space it feels less like it should be connected to authority, andlike a simulation of how many terrible things can happen while their many victims endure, detached almost, clinical Poetry is kind of clinical Great writing throughout, but still sometimes a little too poetic instead of discursive and direct Still, it s such a strong book I think it s worth reading We were followed by a melancholy choir of spectral admirers, but we learned to ignore them Being female, we had been taught to wonder when we would break off into factions and assemble against each other We waited for the lies and betrayals to begin, and when they did not we knew that, in this way, we had defeated the gunman this wasn t what i wanted it to be but i appreciate its beauty and poetic merit the sheer volume of convoluted metaphors was a lot and most of said metaphors were very lost on me, i wantedexplanation and less interpretation. This is so good in a brutal, sometimes cathartic, way I feel I could listen multiple times and catch something new every time.I wouldn t recommend if you re in a fragile place since there s rape, incest, violence, etc. Not exactly for me, but.If you love poetry or really enjoyed House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski, you may be interested in this book that uses the metaphor of a Town to tell a variety of stories about agressions against women Definitely timely In a panel interview hosted by Nina Drystek at Ottawa Writers Festival 2019, Sara Peters was asked what inspired her to write I Become a Delight to My Enemies She said, you know, I read somewhere that caribou will run and run and run and run until their hooves wear downeven then they will continue to run until they are bleeding and raw I thought of us womenand decided to write this novelyes, it s a novel A visceral work of experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies In a panel interview hosted by Nina Drystek at Ottawa Writers Festival 2019, Sara Peters was asked what inspired her to write I Become a Delight to My Enemies She said, you know, I read somewhere that caribou will run and run and run and run until their hooves wear downeven then they will continue to run until they are bleeding and raw I thought of us womenand decided to write this novelyes, it s a novel A visceral work of experimental fiction, I Become a Delight to My Enemies is a must read of 2019 2020 this is such an incredible work it is bonkers and vile but jaw dropping peter s town is executed so skillfully, and she touches on how it feels to live in a feminine body being ripped to shreds in multiple different ways, repeatedly, in a way that touches feelings and ideas i ve never been able to articulate her prose is so so so good i can t get over it.this is both a miserable but cathartic read i see the comparisons to women talking by miriam toews, but peters goes through the body in this is such an incredible work it is bonkers and vile but jaw dropping peter s town is executed so skillfully, and she touches on how it feels to live in a feminine body being ripped to shreds in multiple different ways, repeatedly, in a way that touches feelings and ideas i ve never been able to articulate her prose is so so so good i can t get over it.this is both a miserable but cathartic read i see the comparisons to women talking by miriam toews, but peters goes through the body in a way that toews didn t women talking was very cerebral this is deeply embodied and feeling and very in place I don t read enough poetry to fully appreciate and grasp everything that s going on, here, I don t think A lot went over my head, and I didn t spend enough time lingering Some of the images in this book were breathtaking The characters were complex I was intrigued by the world building, when it was there But I wantedinformation More plot, instead of hints and sporadic images Maybe that s why I didn t stop and analyze as much I kept waiting for everything to come together in a mor I don t read enough poetry to fully appreciate and grasp everything that s going on, here, I don t think A lot went over my head, and I didn t spend enough time lingering Some of the images in this book were breathtaking The characters were complex I was intrigued by the world building, when it was there But I wantedinformation More plot, instead of hints and sporadic images Maybe that s why I didn t stop and analyze as much I kept waiting for everything to come together in aconcrete way This is technically a novel or was advertised as such , so I m a bit disappointed But Sara Peters did leave me with some lovely and horrifying images A work of genius a triumph in melding forms Part Greek tragedy, part Orwell s 1984, part lived experience of almost every woman in the world, IBADTME pulls us into the Town, a place that seems almost normal on the surface, but has an ageless and violent secret roiling and rotting beneath the facade A particular standout is Third State read it and weep literally We don t deserve something this good and powerful and incisive and timely.