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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984251537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984251537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By destinationkewl on July 16, 2012
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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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DeMulder presents a consistent profile through much of her poetry: a once-broken woman from

a lower middle class background. I don't say "once-broken" to imply that she is necessarily

whole again or somehow healed. Rather, the brokenness occurred long ago, and it is apparent

that hers is a voice that has come to terms with it, accepted it as a part of her. It's made a home

right alongside her hopefulness that causes poems like "Misplacing Their Ring Fingers" and

"For My Exes" to [insert physical euphemism for inducing emotional responses here].

When DeMulder isn't tugging at your heart (see, it was better when I just left the brackets), she's

inciting anger and shredding ideas of patriarchy that have been embedded into American culture.

Exploring motherhood and love through "Mrs. Dahmer" shows her ability to move beyond the

personal narrative that oscillates through her other poems.

The Bones Below is the kind of first book that may very well terrify young poets, bristling with

a well-articulated sincerity that the millennial generation has shown they are eager to pay a

premium for.
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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 Lafcadio on January 9, 2013
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When you talk with people about poetry, they tend to say it is dead and buried. That it's an art of the past, all this verse and stuff. Besides, it's boring, and there is no story. Twilight, on the other hand... Well, that's something, right?

This book is how you answer these people. It's amazing modern poetry that resonates with what we're all living today. Demulder is not afraid of getting personal, but even then her words will not be lost on you. If you're planning to buy 'The Bones Below', you probably have watched her spoken word poetry on the Internet. Then you should know this book has a value of its own and certainly does not fall short of her performances.

Anyway, it's amazing and sticks with you a long way down the road. It's so soothing you don't even resent the few typos (and I'm the kind of guy who resents typos). It's so chilling it makes you want to write. Oh, and it's also a beautiful object! So: Buy. It. Now.
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