Ostinato Vamps: Poems

Wanda Coleman (Author)

Product Details

University of Pittsburgh Press
Publish Date
October 19, 2003
6.04 X 0.34 X 9.3 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author

Wanda Coleman is a poet and writer from Los Angeles, California. Her numerous poetry collections include Mercurochrome: New Poems, nominated for the National Book Award; Bathwater Wine, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Ostinato Vamps. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award as a writer for Days of Our Lives.


"[Coleman] is best known for what has often been termed her 'warrior voice, ' her inclination to impatiently peel away small talk's polite veneer, to scissor through to the heart of the matter. . . . [A] master of telling unvarnished truths--about self, about the world, about personal past and our collective future."
--Los Angeles Times
"A sly observer, Coleman continues to shoplift language to address a gamut of psycho-social ills. . . . The inclusive and experimental quality of Coleman's voice characterizes a truly American aesthetic."
--Black Issues Book Review

"What astounds is the clarity and uniqueness of [Coleman's] perceptions. . . . Highly recommended."

--Library Journal

"Adds a remarkably divergent voice to the richly multicultural strain of recent American poetry. A poet of tremendous range and verbal energy. . . . Coleman is a poet who courts disruptionas a way of making sense of a mind-boggling diversity of values."

--West Branch

"A veritable atomic bomb of Brechtian-style 'verfremdung.' Ostinato Vamps is Coleman's most accessible and powerful work to date and my third-choice reading of the year."

--Isthmus Books Quarterly