Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse


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6.0 X 0.23 X 9.0 inches | 0.34 pounds
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Step right up, get your ticket and enter the tent of the Leopard Lady. Each poem is a story, each story a song, and page after page you'll find yourself inside a novel, wondering, What happens next? But you won't be in a hurry to find out--you'll linger on each page, swept away, seized by the dazzling, ecstatic language of Valerie Nieman's mysterious narrator. --Richard Garcia, author of Porridge

You have not before read a book like this one. This one will take you where you have never been. Yes, you may have seen a circus but that is not exactly what is here. Nor have you met these people before. Unique, deeply moving, funny, and withal composed on the edge of danger and enlightenment, Leopard Lady: A Life in Verse is masterful. Nieman's syntax, rhymes, meter and scenes make music while the reader is charged with an energy that takes us closer and closer to the singular truth we must bear. --Kelly Cherry, former Poet Laureate of Virginia

Here, readers are taken on an unexpected adventure. In "Destroyed by Fire Flood and Ice," the Gypsy Queen asks, "Do you dare see the secrets past the veil?" Readers, be ready to find what you did not know you were seeking, as the Leopard Lady will take you on an unforeseen journey and, indeed, you will discover secrets as you travel these wondrous paths. --Jill Gerard, Editor, Chautauqua

Valerie Nieman masterfully takes us to a time and place we have forgotten--one with history and depth. The Leopard Lady invites us to know something different about the world and ourselves. You forget where you are and travel alongside the Leopard Lady, and when you're done, you feel widened--both heart and mind. --Jacinta V. White, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing

The Leopard Lady, as she says, is "half one thing and half another," and so is her book: poetry and story, mystery and earth, told in two parts and two voices--but all one remarkable thing you may want to read in one sitting. --Sarah Lindsay, author of Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower