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Drinking Girls and Their Dresses (Ahsahta Press New Series) Paperback – January 1, 2002

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Be careful. These poems can be wonderfully dangerous: jumpy, radiant. -- Marianne Boruch

If you love poetry you can see, smell, taste, hear, and feel, then you will love this collection. -- Barbara Hamby

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The poems in this book tell a coming-of-age story set in a Florida both lush and oppressive, where similar paradoxes confront the child who would be both open to everything and permanently safe. The girl-body's relationship to otherness--the masculine, but also the overpowering natural world--as it is distracted by desire plays a key role in these slant, crackly, truly original poems.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ahsahta Press New Series
  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Ahsahta Press (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916272745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916272746
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,109,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up in Florida--Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Tallahassee. My first book, which I wrote and illustrated by hand in a 1970s alternative "enrichment" school near the ocean, was titled "Arnold the Crab and Other Stories." The first and only print run was one copy. Arnold was me, and he and his family lived undersea. The main goal was to improve the interior decoration of the sea cave--Arnold had a lot of ideas.

In addition to wanting to continue writing and making books, I wanted to become a teacher. After studying creative writing and elementary education at Florida State University, and eventually earning a PhD in English, I started teaching at the college level in Texas, and then in Michigan. I still write almost every day, and think my teaching gets better every year. I feel extraordinarily lucky to have such a rich professional life, doing the two things I always dreamed of doing.

I've published three volumes of poetry, three books on the craft of writing, a book of linked short stories, and a children's book. My new book is a memoir, You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know: a true story of family, face blindness, and forgiveness. I'm at work on a new memoir.

When I'm not writing or hocking my students, I'm reading, riding my gorgeous svelte Bianchi, or wishing I was writing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Fisher on February 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
In Drinking Girls and Their Dresses, Heather Sellers paints underwater, in the sky, and among the grass blades in her past and present. Her words are infectious and taunting, I can't get most of them out of my head and all the one-liners I remember, even though they are from different poems, meld to form one great idea. I love how Sellers starts out, "We are frantic families here. We are all bitten up." It just makes you trapped in her sweaty, salty world but you don your sunglasses and float along. Sellers' lines are limitless in their capacity to engulf the reader. One of my favorites is "Ocean Pacific" with its easy ebbs and flows, like the gulf coast, and its hazy theme of endless summer and her admiration for her brother: "Mostly bending what couldn't be bent. Sand, sea, the big bed of ocean./ My brother lived to slide and fall and loop. He never wore a leash." Sellers has a way of incorporating her life into her poetry with breezy, simple, but poignant images- be they smell, taste, or sight, all of which leave you hankering for more, please: "I ate salmon later, and drank/ beer with some mussels and/ when I left Poltonhall I was/ thinking of Toad Hall and that's/ how I got to the frogs."

If you are looking for poetry that is aromatic, savory, and entertaining, look no further. The thoroughly enjoyable Drinking Girls and Their Dresses will keep your attention for much longer than it will take to read it.
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