From the first poem in Michaela Coplen’s pamphlet, ‘the mind begins thissqueaking’ — an urgent impulse that never stops. Finishing School charts ayoung woman’s growth through an abecedarian form, each poem a letter ofthe alphabet that marks a different stage of learning. Encountering ‘lessons’ranging from childhood dress-up games, to instances of intimacy, academicinterviews, and funeral planning, the subject navigates an education inwomanhood and power — developing her own understandings ofvulnerability, ambition, escape.
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