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Crime Against Nature: Poetry (Sinister Wisdom)

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Lesbian mother's struggle. Stunning work designated prestigious 1989 Inmont Poetry Selection by the Academy of American Poets.
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Firebrand Books (first published March 1st 1990)
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Polly Theedom
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Must be read out loud! Soulful and painful and gorgeously rhythmic. We very rarely get to peer into someone's regret and shame so consciously. This book is brave. Her relationship to gender and sexuality is so honest and so interesting.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In 2016, this year of gay marriage in every state of the US, it feels too easy for queers to forget their history. We take for granted that we can have families, be partners to one another, be parents. It feels too easy to forget that very recently, our lives and our love were not only illegal but under constant threat of vigilante violence. The smallest of expressions of queer love could be enough to beget severe repercussions. (It's easy to forget that this is still a reality for many in our c ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it
In these well measured and extremely moving poems, Minnie Bruce Pratt relates an amazing story about the strength of women and their ability to survive inside and outside the patriarchal institution of motherhood. By carefully unfolding narratives that tell of how her two sons were taken away from her when she realized she was lesbian, Pratt has created a timely tale (in light of the ensuing debate over lesbians’ and gays’ right to marriage and the inevitable arguments against its “unnaturalnes ...more
Angie Orlando
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In the late 1970's/early '80's, the author was deemed unfit to be a mother and lost custody of her two young sons The only charge against her was being a lesbian, but under law, a woman cannot be a mother and lesbian. This is her story and that of her sons. The poetry is beautiful and rough, with raw emotions dripping over every page. This is a book about injustice, and she tells it from the heart. The real crime against nature is that she, and many women like her, lost children. A woman, a moth ...more
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Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wrenching series of poems about Pratt's relationship with her sons after she came out as a lesbian, when she lost primary custody to her homophobic husband.
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Crime Against Nature is beautiful. It is full of love and pain and devotion.
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Minnie Bruce Pratt (b. September 12, 1946 in Selma, Alabama) is an U.S. educator, activist, and award-winning poet, essayist, and theorist. Pratt was born in Selma, Alabama, grew up in Centreville, Alabama and graduated with an honors B.A. from the University of Alabama (1968) and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of North Carolina (1979). She is a Professor of Writing and Women’s ...more
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