Wild Girls


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Loyola College/Apprentice House
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.26 inches | 0.33 pounds
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About the Author

Shirley J. Brewer serves as poet-in-residence at Carver Center for the Arts & Technology in Baltimore, MD and has taught poetry workshops to writers of all ages. In addition to poetry, Shirley earned an MBA from the Maryland Bartending Academy. Her award-winning poems garnish Barrow Street, Comstock Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Plainsongs, Poetry East, Slant, among many other journals and anthologies. Shirley's poetry books include A Little Breast Music (2008, Passager Books), After Words (2013, Apprentice House), and Bistro in Another Realm (2017, Main Street Rag). She was a January 2020 guest on The Poet and The Poem with Grace Cavalieri, Maryland poet laureate, broadcast from the Library of Congress. A recent Pushcart nominee, Shirley received the first-ever Creativity Award from the University of Baltimore, where she earned her Master's degree in Creative Writing/Publishing Arts in 2005.


"Sometimes all that glitters is real. You'll find this is true when you read Wild Girls-a book that is golden. Brewer's sartorial poems dazzle with language personalizing poems with humor and pathos. The seduction and glamour of clothing often carries the poet's themes-funny and sad, sweet and soulful-but the extraordinary realization is that sensuality can define our humanity. Each poem wears an unruined heart, the brightest apparel of all." -Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

"Color matters," as do scents and textures, sights and sounds: Shirley Brewer's Wild Girls is alive to the senses to an extraordinary degree. What's not to love in a collection that so effectively deploys fashion as objective correlative for the ups and downs, the love, loss, and adventures richly lived by vivid women. Like the "feisty babes" who populate this book, Brewer's wise and witty poems "conjure magic spells [and] spark an abundance of pluck." - Moira Egan, Amore e Morte

"The poems in Wild Girls "shoot the ashes off the end of a cigarette." Poet Shirley J. Brewer deftly pins both the well-known and unsung heroines to the skies of her imagination. From Annie Oakley to Queen Elizabeth II to Jackie Kennedy to Breonna Taylor, she captivates the senses with a fragrant and richly-hued assemblage rife with pain, joy, humor and grace. Brewer conjures a thrilling magic in this important collection, triumphantly evoking flashes of both Plath and Duhamel." - Dean Bartoli Smith, Baltimore Sons