Against Sky's Warm Belly: New and Selected Poems

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Texas Review Press, 2016 - Poetry - 103 pages
The poems of Sarah Cortez flex lean muscles to build lyric intensity and a gripping edginess often backlit by an incandescent, controlled eroticism. Cortez reveals the hidden underworld of her fellow police officers, whose lives comprise the thin blue line and whose blood sometimes splashes and blackens on summer concrete.

And what of the water?
A transparency
we swim through, lithe
white muscle,
the glide of fins.
We move and move
forever inside reflections,
refractions, ruckus
from the other side.
Our eyes never close.
We see you
We don't think
we're dinner.

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About the author (2016)

SARAH CORTEZ, resident of Houston, is the author of two poetry collections, How to Undress a Cop and Cold Blue Steel, a finalist in the Writers' League of Texas awards, and a memoir, Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston. She is the winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry and the Southwest Book Award.

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