Bar Book

Poems and Otherwise

By Julie Sheehan
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393072174, 105pp.)

Publication Date: June 2010

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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.

About the Author
Julie Sheehan won the Barnard Women Poets Prize for her previous collection. She lives on Long Island.
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