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Girls on the Run: A Poem

by John Ashbery

About this title: Girls on the Run is a tragic and hilarious poem, loosely based on the works of the "outsider" artist Henry Darger (1892-1972). For decades this recluse toiled at an enormous illustrated novel that recounted the adventures of a plucky band of little girls. The Vivians are constantly threatened by human tormentors, supernatural demons, and cataclysmic storms; their calmer moments are passed in Edenic landscapes that suggest both Little Nemo and the works of Le Douanier Rousseau. Darger traced the figures from comic strips, ... read more

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