Intimates & Fools is out!

Along with the annual anthologies, in 2014, Les Femmes Folles unveils Les Femmes Folles Books with Intimates & Fools. Read more about how the book came together here.

Thank you Georgia Platts for this incredible review of LFF Books’ Intimates & Fools on Broadblogs!!

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For information on Les Femmes Folles: The Women, anthologies, visit the Anthologies page.

Intimates & Fools, poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman with art by Sally Deskins, Les Femmes Folles Press, ISBN: 978-0-615-94749-5, 38 pages, January 2014, price: $14

Laura Madeline Wiseman and Sally Deskins collaborate in Intimates & Fools.

Coupling body art and poetry, Intimates and Fools intimates the complicating pairing of the female form and cultural notions of beauty while playfully seeking to bare and bear such burdens of their weight. Body art and illustrations by Sally Deskins.


“Sally Deskins & Laura Madeline Wiseman, what a delightful duo! Their book, Intimates and Fools, is a captivating aria praising that most maligned 0f all intimates, the brassiere. Wiseman’s slender, sometimes tart, poems form the skeleton of this book. Her bras are active; they tangle, squish, and flutter. Her descriptions are vivid: “one naughty strap winding, below a silk tank top.” Her humor is lighthearted: “why,” she asks about bras, “does everyone prefer them off?” Deskins’ characterful artwork supports Wiseman’s bras as she illustrates Intimates and Fools. Her captivating art, sometimes abstract, is mostly about cups: coffee cups and bra cups! They come in all sizes, shapes and colors, matching Wiseman’s poems in range and humor. Together, Wiseman and Deskins dance through an entertaining duet of intimate colors and words. Their stimulating combination forms a heady brew. You’ll not regret imbibing.”

-Marilyn June Coffey, Omaha-based author of MAIL-ORDER KID


“They’re rarely comfortable, never lift high enough and finding a “perfect fit” is elusive at best. Cleverly weaving our love-hate relationship with the bra through insightful poetry and playful, evocative art, Intimates and Fools is easily appreciated by anyone who has ever had to wear one.”
-Roxanne Wach ,Omaha-based artist, Innerscapes Artworks and Healing Arts


“Surprising and spontaneous, colorful and expressive, Sally Deskins’ illustrations are fun, inviting and light-hearted. Knowing the process of breast printing the images only makes the accompanying poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman even more humorous. What a delightful pair these two artists make in this collaborative book. Coffee tables will never be the same again.”
-Rachel Mindrup, Omaha-based artist and art educator


“Intimates and Fools, a lovely book about life and intimate wear, playfully exposes our epic love/hate relationship with the bra. Laura Madeline Wiseman’s beautifully blunt musings couple with Sally Deskins’ mischievous drawings and colorful “body prints” to fluidly move us from “pinched shoulders” to “silk roses”; they make the perfect pair.”
-Kristin Pluhacek, Omaha-based artist and art educator

Sally Deskins is an artist and writer, focusing on women and feminist writers and artists, heavily inspired by artist Wanda Ewing. Her art has been exhibited in galleries in Omaha, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago; and has been published in publications such as Certain Circuits, Weave Magazine, Her Kind: A blog by VIDA Women in Literary Arts, Vagina, CLAP and Whitefish Review. She has curated various solo and group exhibitions, readings and performances centered on women’s perspective and the body. Her writing has been published internationally. She edits the online journal Les Femmes Folles, and has published two anthologies of art and writing.

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including the full-length books Queen of the Platform (Anaphora Literary Press, 2013) and Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), the letterpress book Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the recent chapbooks First Wife (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) and Stranger Still (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She is also the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). She has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a M.A. from The University of Arizona. Currently, she is a Wurlitzer fellow at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

More information about the book is available at:

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