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Bathwater Wine

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Winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
Published June 1st 1998 by Black Sparrow Press
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Tom Steele
My main problem with this collection of poetry was probably the consistent inaccessibility. Coleman uses a style of writing which seems to emulate Lewis Carol (and indeed she makes a reference to his "Jabberwocky" poem in one of her poems) but in a different way. Instead of using the structure of the words and the language itself she fuses the colloquialisms she is used to, presumably, along with some vague surrealist references. I would say one out of every eight poems is in this style and unl ...more
A. Razor
Wanda Coleman was the first "poet" I ever saw read poetry in person. I was in a place looking for something else and I found her words that night and a whole new world opened up to me. It changed my life forever. She spoke to me in a voice I had always wanted to hear, but was not able to find until that night in 1978. This book is a fine example of her ability to channel the voice of that muse that speaks to me so poignantly.


—after A.B. Spellman

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Coleman was born Wanda Evans, and grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 1960s. She received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and the California Arts Council (in fiction and in poetry). She was the first C.O.L.A. literary fellow (Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003). Her numerous honors included an Emmy in Daytime Drama writing, The ...more
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