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Gorgeous Freak

Gorgeous Freak

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By Julie Poole

A book of poetry meant to conjure the future while nourishing the present, Julie Poole’s second collection is inspired by movement within the Texan cityscape.

Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781646053094
eBook ISBN: 9781646053247


Written from 2016-2017, Gorgeous Freak follows Poole’s decision to start keeping a poetry journal while commuting by foot around Austin. Her intent, folded carefully in these slender and jagged poems, is to call out to a future soulmate, pulling them back into her present: hot, humid Austin, Texas, in the first year of the Trump presidency, traversed by foot miles a day, watching the seasons change through surrounding urban flora and fauna.

Biographical Note

Julie Poole is a poet, journalist, and filmmaker based in Austin. She received a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas. She has received fellowship and grant support from the James A. Michener Center, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and the PEN Writers Fund. She has been a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, and Yaddo. Her first book of poems, Bright Specimen, was inspired by the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center at UT.