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July 2003
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The Dirt She Ate
Selected and New Poems
Pratt, Minnie Bruce
A powerful collection that doesn’t shirk from showing pain that includes thirteen new poems along with selections from her four previous volumes of poetry.

Winner of the 2003 Lambda Literary Award in Poetry
Minnie Bruce Pratt, a member of the graduate faculty at the Union Institute and University, is the author of four previous books of poetry, including Crime Against Nature, chosen as the Lamont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Walking Back Up Depot Street, ForeWord Magazine's Gay/Lesbian Book of the Year.
"Hard-edged and provocative. . . . Never sentimental or histrionic, Pratt’s poems deal directly and explicitly with issues of anger, shame, sexuality, and injustice." —Publishers Weekly

“Minnie Bruce Pratt is one of those rare poets who can take on the world of the deep interior self, and the world of ‘issues’ and current events, with equal lyricism and power. . . . Pratt’s poems seem to be hymns to this need to taste the world, to glory in the experience of living, even when that living is painful.”—Jim Nawrocki, (San Francisco) Bay Area Reporter, July 24, 2003

“Minnie Bruce Pratt’s work continues to grow finer, braver, and more illuminating with every line she writes. . . . If you read only one book of poetry this year, ‘The Dirt She Ate’ should be it.”—Joy Parks,, August 2003

“One of the best books of gay poetry in 2003.”—Kevin Riordan,, 1/2/04

“Pratt writes with candescent intensity, almost unfettered feeling and graphic frankness. . . . She is slave to passion and proud of the fact.”—Fred Chappell, Raleigh News & Observer, 11/2/03

“Like a long-awaited visit from a dear friend, a new volume of poems by Minnie Bruce Pratt is always a time to celebrate. . . . Each of these poems is its own painting, its own snapshot, a light turned on some unexpected longing.” —Meredith Pond, Lambda Book Report, March-April 2004

“Reminds readers of Pratt’s strengths: her lyric directness, humor, and narrative drive--and especially of [her] sheer brilliance and energy . . .”—Florence Howe, Women’s Review of Books, June 2004

“As always, Pratt is an outsider we can count on to look in, struggle forward, and report what’s necessary.”—Jeff Jensen, Chiron Review, Summer 2004

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Suffused with pain and power, Minnie Bruce Pratt's poetry is as evocative of the swamps and streets of the southern United States as it is of the emotional lives of those too often forced into the margins of society. Vivid, lush, and intensely honest, these poems capture the rough edges of the world and force us to pay attention.


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