Fierce and Delicate: Essays on Dance and Illness


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West Virginia University Press
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author

Renée K. Nicholson is the author of two poetry collections, Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center and Post Script, and coeditor of the anthology Bodies of Truth: Stories of Illness, Disability, and Medicine. She serves as director of the humanities center at West Virginia University.


"Many dancers wrestle with one of the central questions of Renée Nicholson's fabulous book: How does one live as an ex-dancer? The answers Nicholson explores will strongly resonate with those who long to lift the veil that shrouds creative pursuits in unnecessary mystique. I love Nicholson's powerful prose: how the essays circle in and out of dance, the way movement comes alive on the page, and the articulate grace with which Nicholson writes about sudden disability. In Fierce and Delicate, Nicholson teaches us how to envelop our impossible dreams with gratitude for the life we have now."
Renée E. D'Aoust, author of Body of a Dancer
"Renée Nicholson writes with the grace, determination, and, yes, fierceness needed to succeed in the world of professional dance, so it is no surprise that Fierce and Delicate is such a remarkable and en pointe memoir-in-essays, as breathtaking and beautiful as ballet itself. Nicholson's voice blends absolute honesty with a lovely, lyrical descriptive style, and each essay is a pure pleasure to read. Bravo!"
Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire
"Lyrical and fascinating."
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"An elegant collection of essays from a dancer's soul that will uplift all readers, especially those who love dance."
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