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Thirteen Designer Vaginas

Thirteen Designer Vaginas - Juliet Cook Entering with trepidation, I really enjoyed this chapbook. It includes (surprise!) 13 poems, each titled "Designer Vagina."

The poet was inspired to write these poems after browsing info on the internet about vaginal cosmetic surgery, a concept that truly confounds. As expected, there are some disturbing but also very funny images in these poems. The poems are "in your face" from the front cover, which features drawings of vaginas decorated with rhinestones and the like.

The question underlying all these poems is, really, "why?" It was interesting reading it in the wake of the ongoing toxic breast implant scandal, which was less surprising for the implants' toxicity than for the number of women who had had implants at all. Sad.

Here's a link to one of the poems, with a drop-dead first line: