Rouge Pulp

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Rouge Pulp explores notions of body and beauty, birth and death, in a contemporary America driven by its contradictions: material plenty and spiritual lack. Dorothy Barresi writes about strippers, hair salons, cancer, good credit ratings, cockfights, childbirth, maternal love, war. Her poems take the world?s brutal vitality as their music, and they refuse to despair.
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Overview


Rouge Pulp explores notions of body and beauty, birth and death, in a contemporary America driven by its contradictions: material plenty and spiritual lack. Dorothy Barresi writes about strippers, hair salons, cancer, good credit ratings, cockfights, childbirth, maternal love, war. Her poems take the world’s brutal vitality as their music, and they refuse to despair.
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“ . . . Barresi’s real strength is her humor, and she shows it off in hilarious riffs on the circus of beautification . . . And when she has a subject that hits right on her central obsession,  Barresi’s wit can shine brightly, as in her elegy to a burlesque star . . . a real atom smasher.”
--New York Times Book Review

“‘Rouge Pulp’ is one of the most memorable, original books of poetry to appear in a long time.”
”Part Sylvia Plath, part John Donne, Barresi handles both surprise and expectation with deftness, displaying uncommon verbal ingenuity and inteligence of investigation.  . . . ‘Rouge Pulp’ spins poems of startling megaphysical imagae shot through with slang and pop culture.  . . . How many poets can be simultaneously funny and terrifying? Not many, but Dorothy Barresi is one of them.”
“Is this a sock-hop, a strip-tease, or a dance of death? The poems of Rouge Pulp are, astonishingly, all of these. . . . Barresi’s work transcends category or camp, and Rouge Pulp is one of the most memorable, original books of poetry to appear in a long time.”
--Pleiades

"Always sassy and reckless, always poignant and heart-wrenching, Dorothy Barresi’s astonishing poems constantly fill us with a rare, bare-knuckled exuberance about the world. Stylistically inventive and dancing with her trademark verbal jazz, these new poems distinguish Rouge Pulp as one of the finest collections of recent years."—David St. John

"There’s so much grief and anger, awe and laughter and love, in these poems—so much of the whole human dynamic—that they could power a small city in the Midwest, with enough juice left over to shock the terminally earnest back to life."—Elton Glaser

"Poems of the body. Of the immigrant. Of grief. Of motherhood. Of and about beauty. Hart Crane. Otto Plath. Even the last Kennedy. And all of them deeply American.  And all of them written with the clear eye and honest speech we have come to expect of Dorothy Barresi."—Gillian Conoley

“[Barresi] becomes our Virgil, as we tour the various circles of our world, witnessing all the violence and pain which daily fill our consciousness. Yet despite this, she exhibits a new sense of confidence and power.”—88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry

“The kind of poetry that intrigues a reader. . . . Barresi brings a really strong voice to the literary scene. Her poems resonate in a language which speaks to people as human beings, members of the tribe, a sharable trait in success and faiure: a proud display in the daylight of frailty.”—Iron Horse Literary Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822957898
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Dorothy Barresi is professor of English at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of three  poetry collections: All of the Above, winner of the Barnard College New Women Poets Prize; The Post-Rapture Diner, winner of the American Book Award; and Rouge Pulp.
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Table of Contents

Grendel's Mother 1
Glass Dress 3
Body Says 6
At the Posh Salon Called Ultra 8
Neither Moth nor Rust 11
Mother, My Porous China, Gone 14
The Irish in Me 15
The Last Kennedy 17
Poem for the 35th Anniversary of Valium 20
Poem to Some of My Recent Purchases 22
Sock Hop with the New Critics 26
Fifties Song (or, We Are All Born under Eisenhower) 28
Cuttings 29
Resurrection Savant 33
Charity Begins 34
For Dante at One 36
Rouge Pulp 39
Chronic 42
Without Panic 44
Bad Joke 46
The Rat Man 48
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles 50
Rooster 52
For the Coyote Who Ate Spike: A Revenge in Two Parts 55
Dorothyism 57
Rough Simple 60
The Heaven of Otto Plath 62
To the Place of Unhurried Goodbyes 66
Black Hope Blues 68
"Tippin' In" 69
What We Spent It On 71
Poem for an Impeachment 73
Waiting for the Hanged Pirate 74
Little Dreams of War 78
Expect Mercy, Crave Relief 81
Possibly I Have Misunderstood 83
Dante Extant, Born and Unborn 85
Unkissing 87
At Five Months 89
Notes 91
Acknowledgments 93
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