Belle Waring Refuge (Pitt Poetry Series)

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Refuge (Pitt Poetry Series)

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Waring's poetic voice in this first collection is both startlingly original and reassuringly familiar. Using brassy, no-nonsense imagery, the poet jolts readers awake to the harsh realities of the souls inhabiting these poems, yet there is a compassion that speaks, without mawkishness, to our primordial need for shelter from the storms of life. Several poems deal quite affectingly with the subject of child abuse. Others treating her relationships with her friend Breeze and her lover Morley have a slangy, deadpan quality, giving the poet's perceptions of the pain of emotional loss a humorously hopeful slant. In "Breeze Decides to Forgive Herself," she stands on a bridge contemplating suicide, and is rescued by a guardian angel: "A cab pulls up, the driver says, Cold? and he cranks / the heat way up. All the way/home through the rankling / streets, Breeze hums for the hack in the dark." The poet's uncompromising yet comic way of seeing the world allows her to transcend even life's heaviest blows. As she states in "Reprieve on the Stoop": "I'm not romantic, baby, but I do / know grace when I see it."
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“Waring's poems forcibly avoid the workshop warp. From the opening, her language lashes. . . . Anyone would be convinced of both her originality and her toughness. . . . Waring uses tactics that women singers have known about for a long time: the balm of the work song and the empowering sounds a brassy belter makes as she sings of a tough life that earns her a living.”
--Voice Literary Supplement

“While many poets are putting retreads on worn rhetoric, Belle Waring, like some scat-singing postmodern jazz canary, is shaping a music equal to our national imagination.  Refuge is by turns insouciant and despairing as it portrays the givers and seekers of sanctuary. . . .Belle Warning is charming without being slight, unsentimental without being cold.”
--Alice Fulton

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