In horror movies there is always one that girl that fought with everything that she had survive the night and escape. They are normally called final girls. The last girl standing or rather the last girl killed. Horror movies are full of this trope.
I Am Not Your Final Girl
From Claire C. Holland, a timely collection of poetry that follows the final girl of slasher cinema – the girl who survives until the end – on a journey of retribution and reclamation. From the white picket fences of 1970s Haddonfield to the apocalyptic end of the world, Holland confronts the role of women in relation to subjects including feminism, violence, motherhood, sexuality, and assault in the world of Trump and the MeToo movement. Each poem centers on a fictional character from horror cinema, and explores the many ways in which women find empowerment through their own perceived monstrousness.
Toni’s Review Teaser
I found each of the poems to be gut wrenching and heart breaking. When you really digest the words and the meaning behind the words the fear and anger is palatable.
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Emily’s Review Teaser
Claire’s writing is honest, and the poems are so relevant. Some of them felt so personal, and at times it’s jarring to read your own truth laid out by someone else.
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About Claire C. Holland
Claire C. Holland is a poet and writer from Philadelphia, currently living in Los Angeles. She got her BA from Washington College in English and creative writing, with a concentration in poetry. She has been a freelance writer for more than ten years. Her first book of poetry, I Am Not Your Final Girl, is available now from Amazon.
When she’s not writing, Claire can usually be found reading or binge-watching horror movies with her husband, Corey, and Wheaten Terrier, Chief Brody. She is also a feminist, a tattoo collector, and interested in all forms of art strange and subversive.