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Walking Back Up Depot Street

Pratt, Minnie Bruce

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ISBN 10: 0822956950 / ISBN 13: 9780822956952
Published by Pratt, Minnie Bruce., University of Pittsburgh Press, nd, c1999,, 1999
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Title: Walking Back Up Depot Street

Publisher: Pratt, Minnie Bruce., University of Pittsburgh Press, nd, c1999,

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In Pratt's fourth collection of poetry, the reader travels to a land they have lived in, but never seen. It is the tale of the segregated rural South, and the story of a woman named Beatrice who is leaving that home for the post-industrialist north.


"In Minnie Bruce Pratt's Walking Back Up Depot Street we meet one of the most perceptive characters to populate contemporary poetry, a woman named simply Beatrice who acts both as initiator and vehicle in these moving poems. ...This is an exceptional collection in every way: broad in subject, skilled in craft, diverse in its population and conscious of the tragic world. It could be overwhelming and general, but because readers see it through the eyes of Beatrice, readers come to care for her and her vision. In that sense, Pratt has created a Beatrice as momentous as Dante's. Her Beatrice has not turned away from, but embraced, as clear-eyed as she can, that harsh history which includes everyone. Because of that, readers will walk with her into hell--even in to our own roles in the story."

"Minnie Bruce Pratt's poems engage the tangled skeins of race, sexuality, and class in a context of historical struggle, demonstrating that these tangles and knots cannot be thinned out and seperated. . . . I wish I could just quote the whole book to show you the passion and guts, the honesty and fear, the complexity and struggle, the historical and sexual permutations that gird these poems. so you can see for yourself. If you haven't already bought Walking Back Up Depot Street, I encourage you to do so."
--Lesbian Review of Books

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