What It Feels Like for a Girl

By (author): Jennica Harper

What It Feels Like for a Girl is a book-length series of poems that tell the story of two teenage girls as they delve into the big, strange world of sex.

What It Feels Like for a Girl is about many things: the friendships girls have at the most intense times in their lives. Pornography and its “lessons” for the young woman who has never experienced sex in an unfiltered way. What sex and love have to do with each other?if anything. How confusing desire can be. How so many things in this world are two things at once?thirteen is both young and old, Madonna is both the virgin and the whore, pornography is both arousing and terrifying. How teenage girls (like pornography, literature, art) hold a mirror up to the world and show it its true beautiful, and ugly face.

The girls have the kind of friendship only teenage girls have?intense, raw, dependent, playful, and emotional. And beneath the friendship is an attraction for one another, which one girl perceives as love, and the other believes to be a benign crush?nothing of any substance.


Jennica Harper

Jennica Harper was born in North Bay, Ontario, grew up in Brampton, and currently lives in BC where she teaches screenwriting at the Vancouver Film School. Her poetry has been published in such literary journals as The Antigonish Review, Grain, The Fiddlehead, Descant, The Malahat Review, and Prairie Fire. Her work also appeared in Larger than Life: An Anthology of Celebrity. “The Octopus” was a finalist in the National Magazine Awards.


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128 Pages
5.97in * 5.5in * .35in


September 27, 2008


Anvil Press



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