Lifting Belly (1953)
Gertrude Stein’s whimsical poetic sound is a delight. The author abandons creating a discernible narrative, instead glorifying in the clamor of words that flooded her head. The poem has a rhythmic feeling, much like inhaling and exhaling. The repetition of the poems title adds to the melodic quality of the work.
If you are a poetry fanatic, I highly recommend this read. If you are looking for a stylistically innovative work, I also think you should check this out. If you want to read something that feels like cuddling, this is your book of poetry!
But what of Gertrude Stein, the person? Stein is one of the first openly lesbian poets of American literature. Her honesty was a catalyst for other queer poets to begin making space within literature for their experience. The Kelly McGinnis Library has Gertrude and Alice by Diana Souhami, if you are interested in the biographical details of one of America’s most unique poets, and her partner, editor and muse, Alice B. Toklas.
–Fern Burge: Queerism Blog Team