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The Traditional Feel of the Ballroom

The Traditional Feel of the Ballroom

by Hannah Gamble


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In this collection of poems, Hannah Gamble plucks the girl from both the men and the unnecessary fluff to show the gut-wrenching reality of being a woman around men. In clipped language, she exposes the raw truth of being briefly trapped inside of a bar doorway and pretending to be okay with that.

This collection doesn't sugarcoat. Instead, it cakes the reader in the dirt of men's hands-hands that may cup a woman's chin in deception or force a woman's hips to theirs. With Gamble's explicitly honest language, the audience (all the while trying to shake the filth) will be unable to stop reading, finding at the core of The Traditional Feel of the Ballroom a woman's unshakable determination when she's had enough.

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ISBN-13: 9781949487084
Publisher: Trio House Press
Publication date: 06/22/2021
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.18(d)

About the Author

Hannah Gamble is a poet, essayist, screenwriter, and director. Her first book of poems, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, won the National Poetry Series in 2011. In 2014, she received the Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She is the writer, director, and executive producer of the Chicago-based webseries Choose Me: An Abortion Story, which was selected for several national and international film festivals, winning the Award of Excellence for a TV Show from the Montreal Independent Film Festival in 2020.

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