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She writes about the conversations she has with her gynecologist while his head is between her thighs. She writes about what having an abortion alone felt like because her boyfriend wouldn’t sell his guitar to buy a plane ticket. She writes about the purple flesh of her nipple and pleasure so loud that the world must sigh and shut its blinds—for it cannot taste the desire She writes about the conversations she has with her gynecologist while his head is between her thighs. She writes about what having an abortion alone felt like because her boyfriend wouldn’t sell his guitar to buy a plane ticket. She writes about the purple flesh of her nipple and pleasure so loud that the world must sigh and shut its blinds—for it cannot taste the desire it has not lived. She writes when grief takes her down to the white tile floor of her kitchen and keeps her there all night. She writes how the brown of an espresso smells in white sheets brought by an Italian who played her legs like a harp all night. She writes her disdain for the commercialization of spiritualism and in the same breath demands that people heed their gut before their guru. She writes how the numbness of grief feels the Monday morning after a suicide. She writes of surfing naked in broad daylight—what freedom tastes like, what dust feels like hitting the back of her legs in the muggy heat of May as she tears through the jungle with the teeth of her heart. She writes about the yellow of fireflies, the bitterness of kicking horse coffee in a blue tin cup, and the taste of air cleaned by hemlocks. She writes of Austin, where cowboys walk in boots that echo on sidewalks stained with love. She writes about her disdain for marriage, politics, pensions, the military, and university—she questions everything and writes the truths we are too afraid to tell ourselves. She doesn’t find her radical vulnerability brave, she finds it common sense—like breathing. This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A Fuck is a poetry collection of Robinson’s heart. Her work is a diverse assortment of gut-wrenching stories, powerful anecdotes, whimsical observations, and overall joyful expressions. She relinquishes social constructs with command and grace. Her rare eloquence is mesmerizing and inclusive to all readers. This collection takes you to extraordinary places and doesn’t return you quite the same.


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She writes about the conversations she has with her gynecologist while his head is between her thighs. She writes about what having an abortion alone felt like because her boyfriend wouldn’t sell his guitar to buy a plane ticket. She writes about the purple flesh of her nipple and pleasure so loud that the world must sigh and shut its blinds—for it cannot taste the desire She writes about the conversations she has with her gynecologist while his head is between her thighs. She writes about what having an abortion alone felt like because her boyfriend wouldn’t sell his guitar to buy a plane ticket. She writes about the purple flesh of her nipple and pleasure so loud that the world must sigh and shut its blinds—for it cannot taste the desire it has not lived. She writes when grief takes her down to the white tile floor of her kitchen and keeps her there all night. She writes how the brown of an espresso smells in white sheets brought by an Italian who played her legs like a harp all night. She writes her disdain for the commercialization of spiritualism and in the same breath demands that people heed their gut before their guru. She writes how the numbness of grief feels the Monday morning after a suicide. She writes of surfing naked in broad daylight—what freedom tastes like, what dust feels like hitting the back of her legs in the muggy heat of May as she tears through the jungle with the teeth of her heart. She writes about the yellow of fireflies, the bitterness of kicking horse coffee in a blue tin cup, and the taste of air cleaned by hemlocks. She writes of Austin, where cowboys walk in boots that echo on sidewalks stained with love. She writes about her disdain for marriage, politics, pensions, the military, and university—she questions everything and writes the truths we are too afraid to tell ourselves. She doesn’t find her radical vulnerability brave, she finds it common sense—like breathing. This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A Fuck is a poetry collection of Robinson’s heart. Her work is a diverse assortment of gut-wrenching stories, powerful anecdotes, whimsical observations, and overall joyful expressions. She relinquishes social constructs with command and grace. Her rare eloquence is mesmerizing and inclusive to all readers. This collection takes you to extraordinary places and doesn’t return you quite the same.

30 review for This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A Fuck

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Forgive me hands For I have held Everything but myself The two star rating feels slightly harsh. It's not that the poetry is bad, it's that it's a bit... unintentionally inauthentic. I think Janne Robinson sets out to define herself as brash, honest, and raw, if not shockingly so, but I really don't think her poetry is any of that. She makes it known that she doesn't care what people think of her, but I think she cares a lot. There is a lot of anger and resentment in her words, as well as contradic Forgive me hands For I have held Everything but myself The two star rating feels slightly harsh. It's not that the poetry is bad, it's that it's a bit... unintentionally inauthentic. I think Janne Robinson sets out to define herself as brash, honest, and raw, if not shockingly so, but I really don't think her poetry is any of that. She makes it known that she doesn't care what people think of her, but I think she cares a lot. There is a lot of anger and resentment in her words, as well as contradiction. A lot of finger-pointing at "society" and other people for not living their lives truthfully, or rather, perhaps, the way Robinson thinks they should. And very little vulnerability overall. I say all this because it reminds me of myself in my early twenties. Frustrated and hell bent against proving that I was different, that I was "right" and that I didn't need the way other people needed. Now I know there's nothing wrong with need. Needing to feel safe, feel loved, feel appreciated, to be reassured. It's what makes us human. The poem I put at the beginning of the review is the most honest piece in the book. I think it's right on the money and that Robinson should look internally and explore that feeling more. I'm certainly interested and will keep an eye out for more of her work. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    If you're a woman and a writer, you've read this book before. You've written this book before. Janne Robinson pens poems about enjoying sex, whiskey, black coffee, hating marriage, suburbia... the kind of rebellious revelations one makes at a considerably younger age than hers. More to the point, most of these poems, especially toward the first half of the book, read like rough drafts. Hard to tell if she is just lacking the words to breathe new life into these stale, but still legitimate procla If you're a woman and a writer, you've read this book before. You've written this book before. Janne Robinson pens poems about enjoying sex, whiskey, black coffee, hating marriage, suburbia... the kind of rebellious revelations one makes at a considerably younger age than hers. More to the point, most of these poems, especially toward the first half of the book, read like rough drafts. Hard to tell if she is just lacking the words to breathe new life into these stale, but still legitimate proclamations, or if this is part of her whole "not giving a fuck" thing. I'd guess the former. I think though that this book is an exercise in Janne *trying* to not give a fuck (anyone who goes around saying, "I don't give a fuck!" usually gives a lot of them.) She writes a lot about wanting men to fall in love with her, which, while contradictory to this whole book's theme, are the most honest poems in here. That's not to say I didn't enjoy this. I appreciate her voice, I'm just not particularly moved.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn Popielarz

    This collection of poetry is one of the most honest and relatable piece of literature I have read in a long time. Robinson writes about relationships, ambitions, being free, and the struggles of being a woman in todays society. Her brutal honesty is refreshing and appreciated. Every woman should take a look at this collection. And I am willing to bet every woman will be able to take something away from at least one of these poems. I personally marked my favorites, the ones I relate to most, so t This collection of poetry is one of the most honest and relatable piece of literature I have read in a long time. Robinson writes about relationships, ambitions, being free, and the struggles of being a woman in todays society. Her brutal honesty is refreshing and appreciated. Every woman should take a look at this collection. And I am willing to bet every woman will be able to take something away from at least one of these poems. I personally marked my favorites, the ones I relate to most, so that I can go back to them and reflect when needed. Definitely worth the read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juliet

    some poems are awesome. but some she shows her privilege and assumes that everyone can take her path.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    I've read this book before. Not actually, but that's what it felt like. My unfiltered opinion of this book feels a little harsh to write out... so instead I'll just link to what it reminded me of: https://youtu.be/s2D1cdwBg6E. It had moments of poignancy, in between feeling like pandering. I've read this book before. Not actually, but that's what it felt like. My unfiltered opinion of this book feels a little harsh to write out... so instead I'll just link to what it reminded me of: https://youtu.be/s2D1cdwBg6E. It had moments of poignancy, in between feeling like pandering.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I have many thoughts on this book, but none of them are very positive. I was wildly underwhelmed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alyse Stolz

    You know, it’s stuff like this that makes me think I give more fucks than I care to admit. Not no fucks. Just some fucks given. Like a small amount.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is a good collection of poetry. There is a very strong feminist message in the poems. She writes her thoughts down and doen't care what people think about them or her. She has a very srong personality that is definately displayed in these poems. Some of the poems have titles and others do not. Of the poems that had no title there were two that I really loved. The first lines are "What they don't tell you as a little girl" and "We aren't afraid of heights; we are afraid of falling." My favor This is a good collection of poetry. There is a very strong feminist message in the poems. She writes her thoughts down and doen't care what people think about them or her. She has a very srong personality that is definately displayed in these poems. Some of the poems have titles and others do not. Of the poems that had no title there were two that I really loved. The first lines are "What they don't tell you as a little girl" and "We aren't afraid of heights; we are afraid of falling." My favorite poems in the collection were: "There's Cobwebs on Her Vagina," "I Woke Up Today and Didn't Miss You Anymore," "Conversations With Grief," the title poem, "Mama Didn't Raise No Fucking Princess," "Listen Up You Big Boys," "I'm Not Afraid to Tell You," "The Dark Side of Paradise," "I Will Never Be a Well-Behaved Woman," "Enlightened Toilet Paper," "Poems are Where the Pain Goes," "I am a Woman of Distinction," "His Job," "Be Your Own Goddamn Knight," "I Did Not Bring You Here to Make Love Tonight," "I'm On It," and "Dear Men part 2".

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hummel

    My favourite thing about Janne Robinson's poetry is Janne Robinson's voice. Shouting from the pages of this collection is a bold, fierce woman on the run from grief, disillusionment, and the quotidian. Her language is simple, and she does not labour over poetic devices. Frequent bursts of delineation and catalogue verse add emphasis and strength to her themes. Many of the poems are more like slam poems than page poems; try reading some of them aloud for an alternative reading experience. The ene My favourite thing about Janne Robinson's poetry is Janne Robinson's voice. Shouting from the pages of this collection is a bold, fierce woman on the run from grief, disillusionment, and the quotidian. Her language is simple, and she does not labour over poetic devices. Frequent bursts of delineation and catalogue verse add emphasis and strength to her themes. Many of the poems are more like slam poems than page poems; try reading some of them aloud for an alternative reading experience. The energy generated by the poems in This Is for the Women Who Don't Give a Fuck is exciting, and it propels its audience along for a quick read. This is a good collection for readers who are new to poetry. It will also be enjoyed by those who, like Robinson, strongly and vociferously value travel, love, independence, and experience over materialism, accumulation, and slavish consumption. -RH

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Why I'm interested in this book at the first place An accidental discovery while I was googling for some feminist/feminism reads. This book comes out in one of the search results. What do I think of this book... now that I've done reading it I kinda love it! It's been a while since the last time reading poetry books, and refreshing for the mind to read in different genre. + 1. I love the way Janne puts into words on social issues; choices; liberation and freedom; sex and sensuality, love and of cou Why I'm interested in this book at the first place An accidental discovery while I was googling for some feminist/feminism reads. This book comes out in one of the search results. What do I think of this book... now that I've done reading it I kinda love it! It's been a while since the last time reading poetry books, and refreshing for the mind to read in different genre. + 1. I love the way Janne puts into words on social issues; choices; liberation and freedom; sex and sensuality, love and of course, the reality. - 1. And yes, Janne touches on some heavy topics in relation to being female and feminity and feminism, this book is not for the easily triggered. Get this 1. If you wanted to start a reading list on feminism in proses. 2. If you a fan of/loves read to read poetries.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "I will not wait to die to begin to live What are you doing right now? Go outside Go Go stand in the goddamn sunshine smile at someone see the people around you see the pink flowers that hang heavy the red poppies that reach for the heavens feel the air in your lungs and be grateful they rise and fall on their own that your heart is beating strongly in your chest without assistance call the people you love, hell, get in a car and drive to their doorstep and remind them how much you love them we ar "I will not wait to die to begin to live What are you doing right now? Go outside Go Go stand in the goddamn sunshine smile at someone see the people around you see the pink flowers that hang heavy the red poppies that reach for the heavens feel the air in your lungs and be grateful they rise and fall on their own that your heart is beating strongly in your chest without assistance call the people you love, hell, get in a car and drive to their doorstep and remind them how much you love them we are not here to waste time not living, breathing, moving, loving we are not just here to work, eat, shit, sleep, make money, spend money—we are here to love please go outside right now and look at the mountains use your phone to extend some love instead of emails it’s not a request today—it’s a plea do not wait to die, to begin to live." She's brave and I'm here for it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anneke Sears-stryker

    I loved this book. The stark honesty and bluntness of her writing made me burst out laughing, scoff, and cry with empathy. Even the more cheesy/cringy poems were embarrassingly relatable. I'd give it five stars, but she too often seems to find a sort of self-satisfaction/self-righteousness in using her poetry to bash equally-privileged people for living differently from how she chooses to. I'm all for self-confidence and self-love, but that's not going to come at the expense of others. I loved this book. The stark honesty and bluntness of her writing made me burst out laughing, scoff, and cry with empathy. Even the more cheesy/cringy poems were embarrassingly relatable. I'd give it five stars, but she too often seems to find a sort of self-satisfaction/self-righteousness in using her poetry to bash equally-privileged people for living differently from how she chooses to. I'm all for self-confidence and self-love, but that's not going to come at the expense of others.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Bartell

    I've followed Janne for some time on social media and I am astonished by her brash, unapologetic honesty. I was delighted to see that this honesty carried over into her book. After devouring each poem, I felt extremely liberated. The woman I'd been limiting was undoubtedly ready to be released. She was ready to reek havoc on the word with all the things she'd kept her mouth shut about, in order to 'please' others. Thank you Janne for helping me give myself permission. I've followed Janne for some time on social media and I am astonished by her brash, unapologetic honesty. I was delighted to see that this honesty carried over into her book. After devouring each poem, I felt extremely liberated. The woman I'd been limiting was undoubtedly ready to be released. She was ready to reek havoc on the word with all the things she'd kept her mouth shut about, in order to 'please' others. Thank you Janne for helping me give myself permission.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maaike

    I liked the rawness of the poems, sometimes it seems you’re taking a peek into her notebook, scribbling down vivid and energetic ideas about her experiences with love, leaving them unpolished and with a sense of honesty, sometimes even empowerment. Not all of the pieces resonated with me though, I kind of felt the poems lost energy towards the end. I enjoyed the first half or so a lot, and will be looking out for more of her work in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Kozlowski

    I wept openly reading this - more than once. Like the best of the beats, Robinson has a beautiful, uncanny way of capturing the human experience and all of its intangible feeling. For anyone who has known love, loss, insecurity, and ultimately self-acceptance, I cannot recommend this book enough. 5/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna Berbary

    Janne has a very powerful voice, but her collection of poems are a bit hypocritical. Some of the poems had me in tears, while others were so tantrum-like that I almost set the book down. This book is similar to some, as a woman, I think the majority of us have read: angsty, and so full of anger (understandably).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Toner

    Refreshing and inspiring This work is so liberating and liberated that it freed the creative blocks I have been experiencing as a result of crushing responsibility and healing in my life. I got about three poems in before my own voice made its way back to me, and I couldn’t get enough. I am deeply grateful for the heart slabs because they make mine feel more okay!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    A collection of poems about "real" experiences and thoughts.Forget the sugar coated thoughts and ideas society wants us to go by-she breaks down the gingerbread house walls and tells us like it is(from her mind and experiences).A definitely good read and we are asking for more. A collection of poems about "real" experiences and thoughts.Forget the sugar coated thoughts and ideas society wants us to go by-she breaks down the gingerbread house walls and tells us like it is(from her mind and experiences).A definitely good read and we are asking for more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Sereti

    I am a woman whose fucks are below the required number and so...... Some poems resonated with me on a personal level, some were reread, those that I didn't resonate with are still written beautifully!! This is art. This art is brilliant. More like 4.5 stars. I recommend. I am a woman whose fucks are below the required number and so...... Some poems resonated with me on a personal level, some were reread, those that I didn't resonate with are still written beautifully!! This is art. This art is brilliant. More like 4.5 stars. I recommend.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Watts

    The amount of times I've balled my eyes out from passion and relatability to the words on almost every page - LOVED IT - and will continue to have love for this collection of poetry until the end of time. The amount of times I've balled my eyes out from passion and relatability to the words on almost every page - LOVED IT - and will continue to have love for this collection of poetry until the end of time.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Etchison

    A friend gave this to me as a gift - she's the best. Just what I needed to read right now. A friend gave this to me as a gift - she's the best. Just what I needed to read right now.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Please read Janne’s work.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Wang

    Gonna read this every year.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Johnson

    This was gifted to me. I'd never heard of it or the author but damn. It was just what I needed. This was gifted to me. I'd never heard of it or the author but damn. It was just what I needed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such a beautiful read! Highly recommend!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I enjoyed some of these but most of them didn’t hit the mark for me. They also seem like they would be better spoken poetry? Not really my style.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Morrison

    Pretty good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Moon

    Absolutely loved her work. Timely.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Niki Walters

    This is the kind of book I want to buy a hundred copies of and shove it into your hands and hearts. Will be re-reading and adoring forever.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Trueman

    Janne's poetry is féminine, strong, sensual.. She is vulnerable and passionate and appeals to anyone with a rule breaker heart Janne's poetry is féminine, strong, sensual.. She is vulnerable and passionate and appeals to anyone with a rule breaker heart

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