Claire's first book of poetry, I Am Not Your Final Girl, a collection of feminist-horror poems about final girls, is now available. The poems confront the role of women throughout history in relation to subjects such as feminism, violence, motherhood, and sexuality. Each poem is based on a fictional character from horror cinema, and explores the many ways in which women find empowerment through violence and their own perceived monstrousness.
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What people are saying about I Am Not Your Final Girl:
Becca Leigh Anne: “[I]t honestly gave me this sense of empowerment. Guys, women are amazing and even though the world is kind of.. shit.. there are inspiring women out there who are fighting every day for others and I have so much respect for them. I think it’s wonderful how Claire C. Holland has also found inspiration within characters in horror films who constantly had to fight…. I’m in awe.”
Horror Geek Life: “[O]ver the course of 40 poems, Holland’s words offer glimpses of situations far and wide, sure to connect with every woman everywhere, and in turn, provide reassurance that 'something can be vulnerable and powerful at once'... and inspiration to stand their ground, speak their truth, and fight a fight worth fighting."
Horror Movie Podcast (beginning at 1:22:43): “I think for any horror fan… this is a really exciting collection." " “You’re getting this whole breadth of the female horror experience.”
La Femme Macabre: “The book is just under 100 pages of thoughtful, powerful, and poignant poetry inspired by all of our favorite final girls created with perfect timing given our current political climate.... This has to be one of the most clever books I've picked up this year so far.
Join Me in the Madhouse: “I became a quick fan of Holland's work, because not only is she a fantastic poet, but her work is also empowering and it tackles a lot issues that we're all facing today, both emotionally and politically."
A woman’s body was made for this,
for birthing, for enduring
hours of pulsating pain, but no birth,
no ingress into this world should hurt
this much. A blade in her back,
it threatens to bubble up from inside,
to pour from her prone and twisting
body, everywhere, frothing
into cracks in the cement, heavy
like paint. And so she thrashes, smashes
her head against the tunnel walls
like a dervish, a devil woman demented
and godlike, with her too-many arms
waving, a container for grief and this other
thing she cannot name. A broken
discontent, willing itself to life.