Good Friday Kiss

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ISBN-13: 978-0981501000
ISBN-10: 0981501001
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About the Author

Michelle Bitting grew up in Los Angeles. She was educated at U.C. Berkeley and received an M.F.A. in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Crab Orchard Review, MANY MOUNTAINS MOVING, Narrative, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. Her work has been reprinted on Poetry Daily. Formerly a dancer and a chef, she devotes a portion of her time to outreach work in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband, the actor Phil Abrams, and their two children, Elijah and Vera Rose.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C&R Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981501001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981501000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michelle Bitting studied theater at U.C. Berkeley and was a modern dancer and chef before marrying actor Phil Abrams and giving birth to their two children. She has work published or forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Nimrod, Rattle, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, Linebreak, diode, Anti--, the L.A. Weekly and others. Poems have appeared on Poetry Daily and as the Weekly Featured Poet on Verse Daily. In 2007, Thomas Lux chose her full-length manuscript, Good Friday Kiss, as the winner of the DeNovo First Book Award and C & R Press published it in 2008. Her book Notes to the Beloved, won the 2011 Sacramento Poetry Center Award and will be published in 2012. Recently, Michelle won the Beyond Baroque Foundation Award and she has won the Rock & Sling Virginia Brendemuehl Award and Glimmer Train Poetry Open. She has also been a finalist for the Poets & Writers California Exchange contest and Rona Jaffe Foundation Awards. Michelle has taught poetry in the U.C.L.A. Extension Writer's Program, at Twin Towers prison with a grant from Poets & Writers Magazine and is proud to be an active California Poet in the Schools. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Pacific University, Oregon. Visit her at:

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Peake on October 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of free-verse poems around themes of contemporary womanhood. With careful observation and unflinching honesty, Bitting brings us poetry through various perspectives: the sister reflecting on her brother's suicide, the mother squirting meds into her autistic son's cran-apple juice, the uniformed schoolgirl in a tryst with her married teacher, the wife offering her body like bread to her husband before his long journey. If you like Dorianne Laux, Mark Doty, or Sharon Olds, Bitting's debut should be on your shelf, or, better yet, in your lap.
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