Dark Blonde by Belle Waring

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In her second collection of poetry, Belle Waring draws on her experience as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Washington, DC hospitals. Described by Alice Fulton as "some scat-singing postmodern jazz canary," Waring employs diction that ranges from street-smart vernacular to French. Dark Blonde delivers the jazzy tenderness and attitude of her first collection, Refuge, but in these new poems, bravery outshines bravado. Despite rape, poverty, and disease, these poems witness the human will- and ability- to survive. Waring's poetry is a new kind of siren song unwinding; its seduction just may save us.

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Published July 1, 1997 by Sarabande Books. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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Drawing from her work as a neonatal nurse and from some more common experiences (e.g., nervous breakdowns, incest and poverty), Waring exhibits the street-smart ear and unflinching eye that made her first collection, Refuge, one of PW's Best Books of 1990.

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