Racing Hummingbirds

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Racing Hummingbirds examines, critiques, and at times delights in one woman's navigation through the many worlds of manic depression and her struggle to maintain humanity in the process. Jeanann Verlee's award-winning debut collection is a series of narratives, prayers, and conjurings which address gender, sex, race, poverty, heartbreak, and survival with such stark intimacy, you will find yourself living inside. These poems cannot possibly be about you, yet they are. They cross boundaries and reclaim hope. They ...

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Overview

Racing Hummingbirds examines, critiques, and at times delights in one woman's navigation through the many worlds of manic depression and her struggle to maintain humanity in the process. Jeanann Verlee's award-winning debut collection is a series of narratives, prayers, and conjurings which address gender, sex, race, poverty, heartbreak, and survival with such stark intimacy, you will find yourself living inside. These poems cannot possibly be about you, yet they are. They cross boundaries and reclaim hope. They are as the opening poem suggests, nothing short of communion.

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Fierce and formidable, Jeanann Verlee is poised to make an indelible mark - much like a razor slashing silk - on what's become a comfortably placid poetic landscape. Her unflinching and uncompromising stanzas will change the way you move through the world.
-Patricia Smith, "Blood Dazzler”

Any storyteller can recount powerful experience [she] makes you feel something powerful is happening in the telling. It is when safety dissolves that we discover possibility...It's a special person that will make you wish they were your villain. -Brian S. Ellis, "Uncontrolled Experiments in Freedom"

...a roller coaster of imagistic magic. Form, language, allusion, and voice interact, collide, shape-shift, and duel...throughout an utterly arresting mosaic. -Danse Macabre Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984251551
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2010
  • Pages: 105
  • Sales rank: 288,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanann Verlee is a poet, editor, activist, and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and winks at boys. Author of Racing Hummingbirds, recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry, her work also appears in The New York Quarterly, FRiGG, PANK, and decomP, among others. An acclaimed performance poet, she has represented NYC six times at National Poetry Slam competitions, performs and facilitates workshops across North America, and curates the Urbana Poetry Slam series at the Bowery Poetry Club. She lives in New York City with her dog and a pair of origami lovebirds

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the telling

She is a tornado.
He is a man. He is solid and humble.
She tells the story three times, convinced he does not understand. He is trying.
The story is about an elephant and a mermaid.
No, the story is about a millipede in a thicket of roses,
a prized buckskin horse and fifty lashes.
She is talking gibberish. He is trying to understand but she is thunderbolt. Her tongue, a spear.
The dog is hiding in the back corner of a dark room.
The man wants to sit with the dog. She is melting.
Her face pools in her lap. Freckles pile at her feet.
There is nothing in the room that has not been hurled.
She is science like this. An atom, separating.
Finally, the story comes, like flood. Its mud seeps in from under the doorjambs, rising. They are standing ankle deep in water and sludge. He understands now.
He is a spiced wound. He wants firearms. Hit-men. A brutal justice.
All the while, the window is sitting with its mouth open,
spilling their hot storm into the courtyard,
where the neighbors have come to their sills,
elbows propped, hungry like vultures.

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    Posted December 5, 2013

    Kellen

    *he sleeps*

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    Posted December 4, 2013

    Shane

    He curls up with you happily.

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