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Dirty Blue Voice Paperback – June 1, 2007

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Half Moon Editions; y First printing edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979425204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979425202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,625,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dirty Blue Voice contains very rich, voluptuous, and audacious poems. The book is divided into two parts, Vox and Dirty Blue. The Vox consists of 9 poems that are more abstract in their content and in their structure. One of the poems even has stanzas of one word lines that lose you in their purpose. Dirty Blue consists of 12 poems and this is where we learn the most about Harriss, her motives and perspectives. All of the poems in this section have a much stronger underlying meaning and principles as if she really tries to tell us something through her poetic verses. Her style is risky, dirty, and very dynamic. In "At the Bone & Worm Inn" she talks about her sex life and her lover in a very explicit manner, but it works, it is interesting to read, and frankly after this poem I became more interested to read the rest of her collection. It is profane, but her profanity is used to explore new life concepts and morality, not to just shock the reader.
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