Red Under The Skin


Winner of the 1995 Towson State University Prize for Literature and the 1993 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

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Winner of the 1995 Towson State University Prize for Literature and the 1993 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

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 “Erotic. . . . A substantial collection, written in a voice that is consistent without being predictable. . . . Words are made flesh in these poems. . . . Smart but not pedantic, sexy but not simpering.”
—Chicago Tribune

"Intelligence flashes, winks, gleams and dances everywhere in this book, along with human compassion, full and precise sensuousness, an acknowledgement of appetite, and a knowledge of history."
—Alicia Suskin Ostriker

"There's a hunger in the world for these poems."

—Gregory Orr

"Wit and learning and brilliance of phrase are the common currency of Natasha Sajé's first book of poems, poems that are thorough, even relentless in their pursuit. . . .Her touch is as sure as it is complete. She never allows the lyric to pale the dark narrative line not the interest in the story to distract the ironic music."

—Stanley Plumly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822955450
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 12/16/1994
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Sajé was born in Germany and grew up in New York City and northern New Jersey. She has published a second book of poems, Bend, and many essays. She was educated at the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland. Her work has been honored with the Towson State Prize in Literature, the Robert Winner Award, a Fulbright scholarship, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. Sajé teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and in the Vermont College M.F.A. in Writing program.

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Table of Contents

Reading the Late Henry James 3
Creation Story 7
Baron Haussmann and the Plan of Paris 8
Things 10
Agoraphobia 12
The Postcard 14
The Letter 15
Dress Code 16
A Male in the Women's Locker Room 17
Reeling 19
In College, Linda 21
Psychosynthesis 22
What Difference Does It Make? 23
Miss Cotton 25
Tongues 26
Summer 31
Spring Rolls 32
Appetites 33
Leningrad 35
Mussels 36
Salsify 37
"Game" 38
Consomme 39
Eating Crabs With Bob and Jim 40
A Short History of the Sybarites 41
What I Want to Make for You 43
Chocolates 44
Rampion 45
Red Under the Skin 49
Water Music 59
Edith Wharton After the Death of Henry James 61
L'Oustau de Baumaniere 62
Mountains 64
Body Language 65
On a City Street 66
Dental Work 69
A Kind of Steamed English Pudding with Raisins 71
Then What is the Question? 73
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