Virgin

Virgin

Selected by Ross Gay as winner of the inaugural Jake Adam York Prize, Analicia Sotelo's debut collection of poems is a vivid portrait of the artist as a young woman.In Virgin, Sotelo walks the line between autobiography and mythmaking, offering up identities like dishes at a feast. These poems devour and complicate tropes of femininity--of naivete, of careless abandon--bef...

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Title:Virgin
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Virgin Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I was hooked from the first poem, "

    " from this impressive debut collection by Analicia Sotelo.

    My favorites included:

    "Ariadne's Guide to Getting a Man"

    "

    "

    "My English Victorian Dating Troubles."

    What I like about them - the way they feel youthful, but not naive. The way the poet's voice knows her inexperience but moves through the world deliberately masking her understanding of it so other women feel safe, and she herself is safer (but

    I was hooked from the first poem, "

    " from this impressive debut collection by Analicia Sotelo.

    My favorites included:

    "Ariadne's Guide to Getting a Man"

    "

    "

    "My English Victorian Dating Troubles."

    What I like about them - the way they feel youthful, but not naive. The way the poet's voice knows her inexperience but moves through the world deliberately masking her understanding of it so other women feel safe, and she herself is safer (but not from love.) The way there are slight elements of Mexican culture, the way someone who grows up in another country still has some cultural references from their background. The division of poems into sections like "Myths" and "Parables." The characters that have already started to recur in her memory, her dreams, and now her poems. Great stuff.

  • Patrick Frownfelter

    Excellent work. Definitely on track to be one of the poetry giants of our generation.

  • Alana

    To admit I love you would be to admit

    I love ideas more than men,

    myself even less than ideas.

  • Jenny McDougal

    part historian part myth-maker, sotelo leans hard into all kinds of heartbreak: familial, platonic, mythic, and passionate. what makes this collection soar is her wit and precision, 'virgin' is pure pleasure, a sweet kind of bruising.

  • Sophia Emille

    Analicia writes so effortlessly with such eloquence and honesty, immediately pulling you in with the opening poem and keeping you close all the way to the very last page of the book. A beautifully unique examination of one's life and womanhood.

  • Margaryta

    "Virgin" feels intimate on many layers, simultaneously biting and soothing. Sotelo gives the reader wisdom without making it sound that way and without being imposing in the process. Each consecutive poem draws you in deeper, and I began to question where the boundaries between myself, Sotelo, and womanhood were. Bare, honest, and clever, "Virgin" does away with cliches and exaggerations. These are genuine, pulsing poems, ones you can feel in your heart and mouth simultaneously, ones that make y

    "Virgin" feels intimate on many layers, simultaneously biting and soothing. Sotelo gives the reader wisdom without making it sound that way and without being imposing in the process. Each consecutive poem draws you in deeper, and I began to question where the boundaries between myself, Sotelo, and womanhood were. Bare, honest, and clever, "Virgin" does away with cliches and exaggerations. These are genuine, pulsing poems, ones you can feel in your heart and mouth simultaneously, ones that make you want to go out into the world and break the silence.

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    This was a great collection of poems reflecting on how a young woman comes to find her place in the world and love herself. Many of the poems use the Ariadne myth as a basis, but others relate to art and her Mexican American culture.

  • Gwendolyn

    Analicia Sotelo is the first winner of the new Jake Adam York Prize for this debut poetry collection, and she is a deserving winner. I particularly love how these poems take contemporary situations and weave them together with mythological figures, famous artists, and other more timeless elements. These poems are accessible without being dumbed down. Here’s a heartbreaking fragment from the poem “South Texas Persephone”:

    In the bar, we'll dance to a song I hate,

    but I'll cling to him anyway.

    This i

    Analicia Sotelo is the first winner of the new Jake Adam York Prize for this debut poetry collection, and she is a deserving winner. I particularly love how these poems take contemporary situations and weave them together with mythological figures, famous artists, and other more timeless elements. These poems are accessible without being dumbed down. Here’s a heartbreaking fragment from the poem “South Texas Persephone”:

    In the bar, we'll dance to a song I hate,

    but I'll cling to him anyway.

    This is the darkness of marriage,

    the burial of my preferences

    before they can even be born.

  • Lynsy

    Full review at

    . It’s always hard for me to review or rate poetry. It’s easy if I either love it or hate it, but for me this collection falls somewhere in the middle, although I did love a few lines. I think I couldn’t relate to many of the poems, which isn’t a fault of Sotelo’s or mine–it just happens sometimes in poetry and literature. And that’s okay.

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