|About the Book|
You have to admire a poet who can take an onion, the flu, houseguests, migraines, and a nurses coat and turn them in to poetry. Of course, Kasdorf is using the concrete to get a deeper things: theres an amazement at life in these poems, and a hard-headed determination to make it work. --Library JournalIt may initially seem as though Kasdorf has meant to shock the home folks with her new book. Think of her overall themes: Mennonites and sex, a novel connection. Yet Eves Striptease uses these two lenses to focus on the world. However, viewing the book only in terms of ethnicity and biology trivializes what is a significant work by a brilliant young poet. . . . It is a book about coming to terms with ones sexuality and how that affects ones place in the world. --Pittsburgh QuarterlyMost readers will be grateful for the gift outright of Kasdorfs achingly beautiful language of desire and of a full store of unavoidable passings from discovery to dark discovery and from expectations and surprises of childhood to retrospections and surprises of adulthood. --Mennonite Quarterly ReviewCrosshatched by body, spirit, and the relation between them- animated by bright instinctive exchanges between carnal and religious zones of experience- driven by an honest, explicitly female consciousness of what animal and soul might mean, the poems in Eves Striptease keep pace with a considered life in its search for some consoling homeliness in the world. --Eamon GrennanJulia Kasdorf grew up in Western Pennsylvania. Her previous collection, Sleeping Preacher, was the winner of the 1991 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was awarded the 1993 Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for New Writing. Eves Striptease was named one of Library Journals Top 20 Best Poetry Books of 1998. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, and various anthologies and journals. She teaches at Messiah college and lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.