Poetry. LGBT Studies. The first title from Sapphic Classics, a co-edition between Sinister Wisdom Magazine and A Midsummer Night's Press to reprint seminal works of lesbian poetry.
In spare and forceful language Minnie Bruce Pratt tells a moving story of loss and recuperation, discovering linkages between her own disenfranchisement and the condition of other minorities. She makes it plain, in this masterful sequence of poems, that the real crime against nature is violence and oppression.--From the Judges' Statement, Lamont Poetry Prize 1989, CRIME AGAINST NATURE
Minnie Bruce Pratt's CRIME AGAINST NATURE is, for a number of reasons, a work at the poetic crossroads. It extends the subject of love poetry; it extends the subject of feminist and lesbian poetry; it looks in several directions through the lens of a strong, sensuous poetics, through that fusion of experience with imagination that is the core of poetry, and through cadences founded in the music of speech, tightened and drawn to an individual pitch.--Adrienne Rich
Minnie Bruce Pratt is a poet, essayist, activist, and teacher. Her most recent poetry collection is Inside the Money Machine (Carolina Wren Press, 2010). CRIME AGAINST NATURE won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 1989.