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Heather Derr-smith


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ISBN: 9780892554867
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In the tradition of Dorothy Allison, these poems find power in their renderings of an abused Southern girlhood.
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  • Paperback
    $25.43
ISBN: 9780892554867
ANNOTATION:
In the tradition of Dorothy Allison, these poems find power in their renderings of an abused Southern girlhood.

Annotation

In the tradition of Dorothy Allison, these poems find power in their renderings of an abused Southern girlhood.

Publisher Description

Winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award, this potent collection revisits a backwoods Virginia marred by sexual violence. In explosive poems, which explore the confluence of trauma and desire, Heather Derr-Smith reclaims a troubled past, empowering the present through an unlikely chorus of grace and fury.

Author Biography

Heather Derr Smith is the author of three previous collections of poems, mostly recently Tongue Screw. She lives and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.

Review

"In her latest work, a Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award winner, Derr-Smith uses an intently packed, beautifully crafted pile-up of images to explore a rural Southern upbringing defined by the ugliness of abuse. In a world shaped by violence, by the casual male assumption of authority, and part of "a family of seekers, pick ax and lust," she's a girl pursuing the intensity of experience on her own terms. Passion thrums through these poems as counterbalance and power, and there's uneasy satisfaction in watching the speaker turn her mean world around to her advantage so that finally "She outlasted them all." " -- Library Journal (Starred Review)

Product Details

Author
Heather Derr-smith
Pages
96
Publisher
Persea Books Inc
Year
2017
ISBN-10
089255486X
ISBN-13
9780892554867
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
Poems
Country of Publication
United States
Publication Date
2017-10-10