|About the Book|
Her Slender Dress, the first volume of poetry to win the Akron Poetry Prize, follows Virginia Woolfs advice to women writers: to move out of the sitting room and into reality. The staccato, often fragmented, syntax of these poems is an attempt to recreate an attitude of perception in which the postmodern female is assaulted by various stimuli with the dizzying speed made possible by the electronic age. The world now happens faster than it can possibly be integrated into an individual consciousness. The postmodern American reality for women consists of a society in which the confrontation with the streets (including drug abuse, sexual or physical abuse) can be as immediate, as influential as the previous zone of power and comfort, home. But motherhood and marriage continue in importance, despite the changing cultural expectations. The title, taken from Blakes Little Girl Lost of the Songs of Innocence, reflects the essential and unifying element of this book: Her Slender Dress is more than a Vogue magazine cover, but may be interpreted as Blakes simple, elegant image of female corporeality. And it is from the physical body, the slender dress, that both the pain and the joy of being female emanate.