Now I’m Embarrassed
Stein is unabashedly playful. She writes with the intermittent ditziness of a woman who knows she’s far cleverer than the men around her assume her to be. She has relinquished tedious responsibilities: to be academic or theoretical or even to signal her remove. Stein isn’t treating her subject matter with faux-seriousness or attempting cognitive empathy by drawing parallels between us and Lauren Conrad. Stein’s narrators do all the things we’re meant to associate with superficial girls: they go to the gym to get “sexier,” they cry in public, they retreat home to eat vanilla frozen yogurt. But they also offer brilliant insights…
I am extremely flattered by this profile of my work by Alice Gregory at The Poetry Foundation. I think my career has probably peaked.
Some day I’ll make a proper page for these, but if you’re curious about my Bachelorette poetry, here are links to each poem: