Using the central metaphor of fruit to encourage women to explore their imaginations through the senses, Gayle Brandeis combines thoughtful exercises and meditations with provocative poetry providing inspiring lessons for every woman writer at any stage of life.Using the central metaphor of fruit to encourage women to explore their imaginations through the senses, Gayle Brandeis combines thoughtful exercises and meditations with provocative poetry providing inspiring lessons for every woman writer at any stage of life.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-11 In Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Gayle Brandeis uses the metaphor of fruit to invite women to write using all of their embodied sensuality. Most chapterlets begin with a poem or quotation, almost always mentioning some form of fruit; Brandeis then takes up issues as pragmatic as writer's block and as intangible as "meaning." Even her discussion of writer's block, however, is submerged in an ethereal mist. (To those suffering from this writer's curse, she suggests, "Lose yourself in color. Smell five different flowers. Eat a mystery fruit.") The book is beautifully written, with gorgeous usage of language and metaphor, but its ultimate effect seems abstract despite Brandeis's emphasis on rootedness and embodiment. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2001-12-17 When she was a senior in high school, Gayle Brandeis had an epiphany with a strawberry: instructed by a teacher to really look at the fruit, she wondered if she had every really looked at anything before. The poem she wrote that day "launched" her onto her "life's path" and changed her writing forever. In Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Brandeis uses fruit as a metaphor for sensual and creative exploration and women's bodies, too to meld writing advice and exercises with meditations that use produce to illuminate prose. ("Let your writing be like this feast [of a mango] bold, sensual, unapologetic.") Cynics and skeptics beware: with its garden-lush prose and fervent guilelessness, this is a book for the open-hearted believer. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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