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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Wave Books (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970367287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970367280
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Locating "The Epithet Epic," "A New Way to Love," "Sympathy and Envy" and "The Emotion and Pleasure of Love" in Winter Sex, Katy Lederer channels classical personae, like an unnamed Odysseus, and puts them in arresting, even scary, positions: "The scar on his thigh is newly healed. Let's not see it just yet let's see Both of their bodies illuminated in a uniform fashion." In the cold, even light of this collection, the speaker and the characters she conjures are, as "In Las Vegas," "Interesting. I love you is like sitting on a bench and you don't mean it when you say it. Someone else has made you say it."
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Winter Sex is an extraordinary debut. -- Claudia Rankine

A collection that moves and sings. -- Daniel Sumrall, Hyde Park Review of Books

Lederer's measured meditations break open with longing, fill the air with a new voice that is bodily, oracular and lyrical. -- D.A. Powell

The tragic, the farcical, and the surreal are all represented here, and in the most difficult of ways: intelligently. -- Paul Stephens, Electronic Poetry Review

More About the Author

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collection, Winter Sex (Verse Press, 2002) and the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003), which Publishers Weekly included on its list of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Year and Esquire Magaz

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 19, 2009
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A conversation some months ago went like this:

"You like Richard Lederer's books, don't you?"

"Yes," I replied, "We've talked about his books before, a few times, as I recall. You already know that he's one of my favorite authors."

My friend smiled, then said, "I thought that was the one. Well, did you know that his daughter wrote a book a few years back?"

"Yes, but I've never read it. She's a world class poker player, and wrote a book about..."

He interrupted me, raising his hand as if to stop me, then said, "No, that's the other daughter. I'm talking about Katy Lederer, the one who's the poet, not the poker player."

With that he pulled a slim book with a fascinating cover from his briefcase and handed it to me, grinning. "Found this the other day, and thought the name sounded familiar. Read it and tell me what you think."

And that was my introduction to Winter Sex, a collection of poems by Katy Lederer.

I wonder how I had missed this one. I had previously thumbed through her book Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers while in a bookstore a few years ago, and found that it seemed to be a biography of sorts about a brilliant but dysfunctional family. I made a note to consider getting and reading it later, and noticed that she had written a poetry book, but had forgotten about it until my friend handed me the slim poetry volume.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Hamilton-emery on December 9, 2006
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This extraordinary book is a constant revelation, filled with poems of poise and deep emotion.

The sensuous long lines in Winter Sex are matched with perfect line breaks, there's a sense of mystery, an occasional hint of threat, all combined in this terrific collection. Every poem is packed with sonic pleasure, but the language isn't a language of baroque excess, but of neo-classical, understated simplicity. Lederer's skills lie in reigning in extemes and leaving the imagination to do the work.

This is a book of strange encounters and narrative explorations of gender, of expectation, roles, and disjointed philosophy, it leaves one rattling around the mind's semi populated white rooms in the company of Lederer's quizzical interrogator, feeling your way to some kind of restitution with the world of things, and in that beautiful calm haze we come to see a strange barren beauty. Buy it now.
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