God in Her Ruffled Dress

God in Her Ruffled Dress

by Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)
God in Her Ruffled Dress

God in Her Ruffled Dress

by Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)


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God in Her Ruffled Dress enacts conversations between illness and wellness, body and spirit, the temporal and the eternal. These poems chart a personal investigation of the divine, in which erotic desire is central, feminist awareness is inherent, and gender is many-faceted. But the spark for each poem is not ideology, but rather, a lyrical impulse to search and illuminate.

Bookended by two poem-prayers, the book's four sections move from healing to various forms of creating:

- "Return to the Body" includes poems on Lisa B's longstanding type 1 diabetes, Biblical scripture, and spiritual transformation.

- "Drum the Beginning of the World" focuses on the human/divine interface through the lens of singing and music, with homages to jazz masters and poems on the author's own practice as a vocalist.

- "Sever the Head" is inspired by pandemic politics.

- Finally, "Propagate" probes love, sensuality, birth, and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798986625867
Publisher: What Books Press
Publication date: 10/17/2023
Pages: 110
Sales rank: 934,188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein)'s poetry books also include The Transparent Body (Wesleyan University Press) and Anorexia (chapbook, Five Fingers Poetry). Her poems have appeared in more than 60 anthologies and periodicals. She has won creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and others. Lisa B is also a jazz and groove singer interweaving spoken and sung verse in her original songs and re-envisioned standards. She has released seven albums and various singles (available on all music platforms) to critical acclaim and international radio play, and she performs with her band throughout the country. She also works as a professional psychic reader.
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