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About the Author

Hilberry teaches literature and Creative Writing at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where, for the past sixteen years, she has worked to develop methods for cultivating students creativity. She has recently published and taught workshops in the United States and Canada on the subject of Creativity and Leadership. Interested in visual art as well as poetry, she has published a book of art criticism/biography titled The Erotic Art of Edgar Britton (Ocean View Books, 2001) in addition to two chapbooks of poems. Her honors include a Colorado Council on the Arts Recognition Award for Poetry; a Colorado Endowment for the Humanities Research Award; Mellon, Benezet and Jackson Fellowships from Colorado College; and the Elfrieda Lang Award for Poetry from the National Society of Arts and Letters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597090131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597090131
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book thinking it was about bodypainting - the design, process, and results - of a relatively new visual art form. Don't buy this book if you are interested in the art form itself. This book is actually a collection of poems, and only one poem is about bodypainting. The poems are the author's ruminations about how she views life as a single woman. As far as poetry goes, it does not appeal to me, but I do not doubt the author's sincerity.
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Jane Hilberry, Body Painting (Red Hen Press, 2005)

One look at the cover of Body Painting-- a lush blonde wearing nothing but, as the title suggests, a fantastic coat of what looks like watercolor-- and you know this is not going to be your usual book of poetry. And it is anything but that. Hilberry's poems alternate between (ad often combine) the sexual and the spiritual, offering up a truly erotic reading experience delivered by someone who actually knows what she's doing with a pen:

"I have a tone inside me

that has not been sounded. Or only once

or twice. Once she went straight to the center

of me, once she could have walked through me

like a tunnel. She could have seen sky

on the other side of me.

I could have washed my hands in sand,

then touched her, turned her to sand.

I'm the opposite of Midas: I want to touch

what's returning to earth. "

("Sand")

An absolutely delicious book, highly recommended. ****
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These poems blew me away. They capture in exquisitely beautiful language so many experiences that I've had or can relate to. There were moments when reading these poems when a stab went through my heart. Although there's a lot of pain in the poems there's a humor and lightness that moves through them also. I appreciated her frank exploration of sexuality, grief and human relationships.
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Hopefully, there will be more volumes of poems by this writer. I await the release of whatever may come next! Poetry provides a glimpse into the soul of the poet; this volume tells great, epic tales of life and endeavor of one very talented poet.
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