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November 1990
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Refuge
Waring, Belle
Winner of the 1989 Associated Writing Programs' Award Series in Poetry
Belle Waring was born in Warrenton, Virginia, in 1951. She holds degrees in nursing and English, and in 1988 she received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Vermont College. She is now on the Field Faculty of the Vermont College M.F.A. program and also works as a registered nurse.
“Waring's poems forcibly avoid the workshop warp. From the opening, her language lashes. . . . Anyone would be convinced of both her originality and her toughness. . . . Waring uses tactics that women singers have known about for a long time: the balm of the work song and the empowering sounds a brassy belter makes as she sings of a tough life that earns her a living.”—Voice Literary Supplement

“While many poets are putting retreads on worn rhetoric, Belle Waring, like some scat-singing postmodern jazz canary, is shaping a music equal to our national imagination. Refuge is by turns insouciant and despairing as it portrays the givers and seekers of sanctuary. . . .Belle Warning is charming without being slight, unsentimental without being cold.” c

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