book of poems
The words in this book of poetry were appropriated from Youtube videos of young girls
providing makeup tutorials for online audiences. Each poem focuses on a singular makeup
product and the accompanying language employed by the young girls during application. The girls providing these tutorials range from age five to age twelve and their videos were uploaded in the past two years (2014 - 2012). Videos were chosen based on titles that indicated which grade or age this makeup look is intended for, such as the title “natural 4th grade makeup.”
After writing a monologue of appropriated language from Youtube videos of young girls providing makeup tutorials, I wanted to eliminate the "script" of gender performativity that I had found in the videos and reiterated in the monologue. I wanted to emphasize the language that was so quickly absorbed and regurgiated by these young girls. Examining their words further, I decided to format them into poetry, a written art form usually associated with lofty diction and elevated thought. Attempting to expand their lexicon, the, now, poetic words are contrived into another form.