How Poetry Saved My Life

How Poetry Saved My Life

A Hustler's Memoir

Book - 2013
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As raw and fiery as its author, How Poetry Saved My Life is a powerful account of survival and the transformative power of literature. Amber Dawn's acclaimed first novel Sub Rosa, a darkly intoxicating fantasy about a group of magical prostitutes who band together to fend off bad johns in a fantastical underworld, won a Lambda Literary Award in 2011. While the plot of the book was wildly imaginative, it was also based on the author's own experience as a sex worker in the 1990s and early 2000s, and on her coming out as lesbian. How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn's sophomore book, reveals an even more poignant and personal landscapethe terrain of sex work, queer identity, and survivor pride. This memoir, told in prose and poetry, offers a frank, multifaceted portrait of the author's experiences hustling the streets of Vancouver, and the how those years took away her self-esteem and nearly destroyed her; at the crux of this autobiographical narrative is the tender celebration of poetry and literature, thatas the title suggests acted as a lifeline during her most pivotal moments.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781551525006
Branch Call Number: 819.8 DAW NVD
Characteristics: 156 p. ; 21 cm


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A memoir, in prose and poetry, of the author’s time as a sex worker in Vancouver. Though it nearly destroyed her, she celebrates the poetry and literature that helped to sustain her during the worst times. (L)

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