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Dirty Blue Voice

Harriss, Clarinda

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ISBN 10: 0979425204 / ISBN 13: 9780979425202
Published by Half Moon Editions, Atlanta, 2007
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Inscribed by the author. First edition, 2007. Softcover, 42 pp., clean unmarked text, Fine copy. Signed and warmly inscribed by Harriss on the dedication page. Bookseller Inventory # s00014093

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Title: Dirty Blue Voice

Publisher: Half Moon Editions, Atlanta

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing.

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Dirty Blue Voice is award-winning poet and publisher Clarinda Harriss' latest poetry collection.

"In these poems, burnished with maturity and wisdom, Clarinda Harriss reminds us that the Cartesian split of body and spirit is false and provides little consolation. The body remains more packed with desire, joy and language than we were ever taught to imagine. She celebrates as no poet has the resilience of lust, love and language and unblinking witnesses their loss. These poem throb with the passion of ideas and command the logic of sensuality." -- David Bergman

"Calling out sometimes with the clear vowels of the infant, sometimes with the rag and bone shop incantations of the crone, Clarinda Harriss collars the passerby and draws him as only the archetypal seductress can into her lair of lights and rhythms and shapes and musics. With the sandpaper rasp of Ted Hughes' Crow, her Vox shatters whatever is common or expected. At times ecstatic as Oliver, often physical as Olds, always workmanlike as Plath, this is a poet whose voice rises with essential clarity very, very far above the buzz of contemporary poetry. There is crystal in these pages, there is steel." -- Bruce Sager

"In poems like Confetti, Cells, and others in Dirty Blue Voice, Clarinda Harriss gets 'past the electric drone' and 'the buzz of the mall' to turn a keen eye and frank perspective on early 21st- century America, where the metaphyical conflict between body and spirit stirs up the energy driving these poems." -- Terence Winch

About the Author:

Clarinda Harriss is a professor of English at Towson University, where she teaches poetry and editing. She is also the long-time editor and director of BrickHouse Books, Inc., the oldest continuously publishing literary press in Maryland. Her previously published books are The Bone Tree, The Night Parrot, and License Renewal for the Blind as well as two academic texts. She is one of the three women featured in For Divas Dance, the most recent publication of the Divas Squad Collective. Her recent awards include Indiana Review's first prize for poetry in 2005, Pagitica Magazine's first prize for poetry in 2004, and second prize in the 2004 Raymond Carver Fiction Competition. Currently she's editing for publication several books by former prison inmates and completing a collection of short fiction. Harriss spends part of each year in Argentina and is struggling to learn Spanish.

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