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Bar Book

Poems and Otherwise

Julie Sheehan (Author, SUNY Stony Brook Southampton)


Employing the metaphor-rich names and recipes of cocktails, an exuberant third collection from a “dancer of language” (Molly Peacock).

In this wholly original work, a barmaid grapples with the irreconcilable tensions in her work and personal life. At work, she’s torn between taking orders and keeping order. At home, she confronts the limits of a service ethos as exemplified by her failed marriage. Marguerite, the barmaid’s daughter, has a thing or two to say on the subject, for she, like her mother, is trying to create an instruction manual for understanding her own broken experience. Meanwhile, cocktails, barwares, and other bartenders chime in with their own points of view.

from “Cracked Ice”:

When I return, I’ll come in clapboard, stained
chestnut, with lead-based paint on radiators,
old fashioned, and a little bit insane
but sturdy to a fault. A spalting grain
on punky myrtle and no refrigerator
when I return.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • June 2010
  • ISBN 978-0-393-07217-4
  • 8.7 × 8.7 in / 105 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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