the woman who wouldn't shake hands

the woman who wouldn't shake hands


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"Chocolate Waters's house music is rhythmic syntax and sassily whimsical word play that disarms, and then shifts down into impassioned essence. She shares with Billie Holiday a 'smoldering, smoky quality' and a finely tuned sense of timing, sometimes holding onto a single word or phrase until it becomes pure emotion. These poems are of the self yet selfless. Revelatory, lucid, luscious and laugh out loud funny but so psychologically astute."~ STEPHANIE DICKINSON, Award-winning Poet and Author of HALF GIRL and ROAD OF FIVE CHURCHES; "Chocolate Waters writes in your mirror. Be prepared to gasp out loud in recognition."~ SHELLY ROBERTS, Columnist and Author of ROBERTS' RULES OF LESBIAN LIVING; "Live a raw and sensuous life. Suffer it with wisdom, wit and vodka. Then using elegance, restraint and bite, craft it all into hilarious, tender, brutal, outrageous poetry. That's the art of Chocolate. Each of us has either loved a Woman Who Wouldn't Shake Hands, or been one. Read these poems!"~ LYNN JERICHO, Writer, Counselor, Creator of the Inner Year (

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ISBN-13: 9780935060096
Publisher: Poets Wear Prada
Publication date: 10/17/2011
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chocolate Waters, the "Poet Laureate of Hell's Kitchen," is one of the first openly lesbian poets to publish in the U.S. during the second wave of feminism, and her contribution is documented in "Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975" (U of Il. Press, Barbara Love, ed.). With 3 previous collections, including "Take Me Like A Photograph," classics of the early women's movement, Waters is also a founding mother of the radical women's newspaper, "Big Mama Rag," which was produced in Denver, Colorado from 1972 to 1982.

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