Bathwater Wine

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1998 - Poetry - 288 pages
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Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman charges all of her writing with high-voltage confrontational energy, and this, her seventh book from Black Sparrow, is no exception. The poems in "Bathwater Wine" demonstrate once again a controlled outrage, as well as wry political awareness, dark humor and heady sensuality.
 

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Contents

Nobody Wants to Know My Name
25
By Watchin Daddy I Learn About Men Stuff
38
The Tender of Splendor
51
Sidewalk Sheiks Hollywood 1981
64
Firesong 1964
155
Love Bandit 2
168
Negative Portions
189
Late Broadcast News
231
Also Known as the Bishop of Bop
237
AM Breakfast at the Southtown
243
Applejuice
249
Flight Meditation
256
Life as a Cartoon 2
262
Dream 1226
268
African Sleeping Sickness 3
274
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About the author (1998)

Wanda Coleman was born in Los Angeles, California on November 13, 1946. She attended Los Angeles Valley College and California State Los Angeles but did not earn a degree. In the early 1970s, she embarked on a journalism career with an assignment from the Los Angeles Free Press to write about a fundraiser for Black Panther supporter Angela Davis. However, her sarcastic coverage caused consternation in the Davis camp, and she was blackballed by the underground paper for a decade. In 1975 she landed a job writing for the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives and won a daytime Emmy for her work the following year. She took writing workshops around Los Angeles. Her first book of poetry, Art in the Court of the Blue Fag, was published in 1977. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 20 books including Mad Dog, Black Lady; Imagoes; Heavy Daughter Blues; Mercurochrome; and The Riot Inside Me: More Trials and Tremors. She won the Lenore Marshall National Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1999 for Bathwater Wine. In 2012, she received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She died after a long illness on November 22, 2013 at the age of 67.

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