The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems

The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems

by Minnie Bruce Pratt

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Suffused with pain and power, Minnie Bruce Pratt's poetry is as evocative of the swamps and streets of the southern United States as it is of the emotional lives of those too often forced into the margins of society. Vivid, lush, and intensely honest, these poems capture the rough edges of the world and force us to pay attention.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822958260
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 07/09/2003
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 812,404
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Learning to Write1
The Sound of One Fork, 1981
My Cousin Anne7
My Mother Loves Women8
The Sound of One Fork12
from The Segregated Heart14
We Say We Love Each Other, 1985
Sharing the Eye21
Sharp Glass25
Waulking Song: Two26
We Say We Love Each Other34
Your Hand Opens Me37
The Fact of the Garden38
Reading Maps: Three40
Crime Against Nature, 1990
Poem for My Sons51
Justice, Come Down53
Declared Not Fit54
No Place56
Down the Little Cahaba58
All the Women Caught in Flaring Light59
The Place Lost and Gone, the Place Found63
A Waving Hand65
from Shame66
The First Question70
Motionless on the Dark Side of the Light72
My Life You Are Talking About73
I Am Ready to Tell All I Know78
In the Waiting Room at the Draft Board80
from At Fifteen, the Oldest Son Comes to Visit82
Talking to Charlie84
The Laughing Place85
Another Question87
Crime Against Nature89
Walking Back Up Depot Street, 1999
Walking Back Up Depot Street99
Red String101
Eating Clay104
The Remnant Shop106
New Poems
Learning to Talk113
Cutting Hair114
Doing Physical Therapy115
Shoveling Sand116
Day Off117
Reading the Classifieds119
Picking Up a Job Application120
Getting Money at the ATM121
Playing the Lottery122
Giving a Manicure123
Picketing the Bargain Store, They Said124
Chopping Peppers125
Author's Note and Acknowledgments127

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The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cransell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I prefer Pratt's prose, I did enjoy the section of poems about her sons.