Rouge Pulp (Paperback)

By Dorothy Barresi

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822957898, 93pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2002



"Rouge Pulp" explores notions of body and beauty, birth and death, in a contemporary America driven by its contradictions: material plenty and spiritual lack. Dorothy Barresi writes about strippers, hair salons, cancer, good credit ratings, cockfights, childbirth, maternal love, war. Her poems take the world's brutal vitality as their music, and they refuse to despair.

About the Author

Dorothy Barresi is professor of English at California State University, Northridge. She is the author of three poetry collections: "All of the Above, " winner of the Barnard College New Women Poets Prize; "The Post-Rapture Diner, " winner of the American Book Award; and "Rouge Pulp.""

Praise For Rouge Pulp

“ . . . Barresi’s real strength is her humor, and she shows it off in hilarious riffs on the circus of beautification . . . And when she has a subject that hits right on her central obsession,  Barresi’s wit can shine brightly, as in her elegy to a burlesque star . . . a real atom smasher.”
--New York Times Book Review

“‘Rouge Pulp’ is one of the most memorable, original books of poetry to appear in a long time.”
”Part Sylvia Plath, part John Donne, Barresi handles both surprise and expectation with deftness, displaying uncommon verbal ingenuity and inteligence of investigation.  . . . ‘Rouge Pulp’ spins poems of startling megaphysical imagae shot through with slang and pop culture.  . . . How many poets can be simultaneously funny and terrifying? Not many, but Dorothy Barresi is one of them.”
“Is this a sock-hop, a strip-tease, or a dance of death? The poems of Rouge Pulp are, astonishingly, all of these. . . . Barresi’s work transcends category or camp, and Rouge Pulp is one of the most memorable, original books of poetry to appear in a long time.”