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A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems
by Patricia Spears Jones

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    Format: Paperback, 240 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781935210696
    Imprint: White Pine Press
    Publisher: White Pine Press
    Parent Company: White Pine Press
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    Book Description:

    Jackson Poetry Prize Winner Speaks

    “She has given us a world where music and brains are allowed to co-exist with instinct, where the lyric and the literal may dwell without eyeing the other with suspicion.”—Cornelius Eady

    From “The Perfect Lipstick”:


    It is why I appreciate my favorite shade of lipstick:
    Sherry Velour.
    Sounds like the name of a drag queen from the early seventies.
    One of those strapping Black men who had enough of playing macho,
    put their feet in five-inch heels and made saints of Dinah Washington,
    Rita Hayworth and a very young Nina Simone.
    So, on goes this lipstick. Pretty for parties.
    Fatal for festivals.
    Sherry Velour and her hot discoveries:
    light above the fog,
    a toy ship.
    Black men in sequined dresses and the click of new words
    in the new world where the most dangerous of dreams
    come true.


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