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How to Undress a Cop

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Poetry. It's not every book of poetry that includes an Ode to Body Armor. But then, it's not every poet whose experience in academia includes a stint at the police academy. The poems of Sarah Cortez are tough-minded, verbally supple, and often deeply, even explicitly, erotic. And all the fifty poems collected here display her many facets: the street smarts and cool analyti ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Arte Publico Press
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Pia Mogollon
Apr 21, 2015 Pia Mogollon rated it liked it
some beautifully woven words, Cortez, weaves tapestries of intense and engaging imagery. In her poems about life as a cop, she does not glamorize herself or her fellow officers but speaks blatantly and honestly. I am inspired to write a poem to her and every other officer. Even more intriguing are her poems about love, sex and her personal life.
My favorite stanza:
I want to enjoy you slowly
in the Valley's afternoon,
in a darkened bedroom, water-cooler angled
in the doorway, pink bedspread crumple
Sarah Goodner
Feb 27, 2016 Sarah Goodner rated it it was amazing
White hot words for a blue collar audience, this is some of the best modern poetry I've read in a long time. Sarah Cortez is a vulnerable woman encased in kick-ass leather.
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SARAH CORTEZ, resident of Houston and member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of two poetry collections and winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry. Her mixed-genre memoir, Walking Home: Growing up Hispanic in Houston, was published by Texas Review Press in 2012. She has edited six anthologies, ranging from crime fiction to memoir to poetry.
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