I’m currently reading "A Different Kind of Intimacy: The Collected Writings of Karen Finley" and it’s just blowing me away with its brazen intensity.
Karen Finley is a performance artist, writer, etc from Chicago - though she now lives in upper New York. She’s probably most well known publicly for being the target of the attempted take-down of performance artists in the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) in the late 80s/early 90s.
Her work is triggering, intentionally so. She pushes boundaries with topics including incest, rape, self-esteem, sex, politics. The poem “St. Valentine Massacre” (pictured above) is so intense, I had to read it with breaks. But then I read it several times again.
I do really recommend this book, especially for artists. Her process is totally intriguing.