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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984251537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984251537
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DeMulder possesses the most important quality a young writer can have, a unique voice. That voice exploded onto the national poetry scene. Sierra uses subtlety and tension the way photographers use angle. She will eat your heart out with a spoon. -Karen Finneyfrock, "Ceremony for the Choking Ghost"

…DeMulder is intensely personal. - Huffington Post

...violently passionate and sweet, deftly moving between the two modes. - The Lamron, New Journal of SUNY Geneseo

About the Author

Sierra DeMulder is a Pushcart-nominated touring performance poet. In 2009 she won the National Poetry Slam, was awarded Best Female Poet at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational, and ranked 9th at the Individual World Poetry Slam. In 2010 she made the Finals Stage at the Women of the World Individual Poetry Slam. DeMulder is a member of the Intangible Spoken Word Collective and an active member in her local poetry community in St Paul, MN and holding writing workshops at women's centers, homeless shelters and prisons. She has been trying not to trip since 1986.

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This book makes the cut every time.
grace
Sierra DeMulder captures raw emotions and arranges her thoughts through profound pieces of poetry in such a real tangible way for the reader.
AmeliaHammond
Sierra speaks from a deeply personal place without making the reader feel awkwardly voyeuristic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By destinationkewl on July 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first time I heard Sierra read her original work,
she was quite young, perhaps 20 and I thought she was
interpreting the work of another, much older, well-established
poet. It was shocking to learn that she was performing her
own words. Deeply moved by the experience,
I knew in that moment she would become "One of the Greats"
and felt extraordinary gratitude for having been one of the
first to hear her. Sierra's writing will touch you to the bones below.
She will take you to the place of her truth, shadows, darkness and light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.O.W. on January 13, 2010
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Sierra is quickly becoming the new voice of our generation. The subject matter she tackles and wordplay she uses is freshly unique and touches readers on a personal level. I wouldn't be surprised if her work is taught in poetry and women's lit courses in the near future. I definitely recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Tiffany on July 11, 2013
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"Call her name backwards, forwards
Wave your arms like your chest is a runway
She is the plane you are crashing."

The Bones Below is that unique combination of desperation and optimism that is often lacking in contemporary poetry. While DeMulder's cohorts are lambasted for being self-indulgent and unfocused, DeMulder can deftly balance her anger with wit, her melancholy with wordplay, and her sincerity with nothing.

O, Economy (Part 1) is a poem that reads simply:
"Today, I plan on stealing from the grocery store
and washing my laundry by hand in the bathtub."

She can be biting and self-consciously childish with her open letter "To the Woman Hitting on My Boyfriend" which promises,
"Now, I'm a feminist so I avoid
using the B-word in the spirit of sisterhood
But sister, just because I'm a feminist
doesn't mean I won't cut a bitch."

But poems like "Cycle of Abuse," "Talking to God" and "Sawdust" are raw, lyrical, explanations of events that don't bestow much blame but just deal with reality in the aftermath. There's not an ounce of pettiness. And Sierra knows how to write the s*** out of a love poem. "When the Apocalypse Comes," is an avowal of love that would make anyone blush:

"I will crawl to you across the curdling parking lot of a city
lick your body new again like my tongue
is God's hand trying to erase and recreate the earth."

There's no way to get through this book without gasping in recognition. In the way that everyone makes jokes about their pain, about their loneliness, about their self-doubt, DeMulder makes them and knows that it's an avoidance. Her self-protective laughter is something she's in on and she embraces it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Izzy Man on July 23, 2012
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After watching Sierra perform her poetry live, reading this book allowed me to carry a bit of her infectious delivery through each page. If you care for words that evoke great emotion, read The Bones Below.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady on July 16, 2012
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Sierra DeMulder rocks, obviously. Her first book of collected poetry will simply knock your socks off and take you out to dinner (dessert included).
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By Ken W Allen on March 10, 2014
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Demulder is able to write beautifully about such a wide range of topics from divorce to rape to love. It is a talent to write so passionately about pretty much everything.
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I first came across this poet and her videos of her spoken word. I was blown away by her delivery when they were spoken aloud. I was quite pleased when I discovered that she had a couple of books published and readily available here on amazon. Reading her work in written form is just as breathtaking.

It has been inspirational for me to find a poet that I truly respect so I can continue to pique my interest in my own poetry and grow. Before finding Sierra, I was most attracted to the works of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath. I anticipate spending a whole lot more time with Sierra's works than I had with some of the greats. If you are a fan of either of those artists or just love good poetry, I would highly recommend picking up both of her books (New Shoes On a Dead Horse and The Bones Below). You will not be disappointed. I truly believe that anyone can find something to appreciate in her works.
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You know that game where you choose 5 things you would bring with you if you were on a deserted island? This book makes the cut every time. Beautifully written and incredibly relatable, Sierra cuts right to the heart of the matter with such precision, you can't help but beat in time and finish feeling whole. If you think you might like poetry ever or have seen performance poetry or like knowing you are not alone in the world, you will not regret making this purchase. She's a Write Bloody author, which means she's got to be incredible, promise. (She's also amazing live- if you ever get the chance to see her perform, do it up!)
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