foreword by Alicia Ostriker
Volume 7 of the May Swenson Poetry Award Series, 2003
"The book is wild, bold, furious, generous, unsubdued, hilariously and painfully juxtaposing whole strata of languages in chunks of cognitive dissonance that tell more about our culture and our world than volumes of sociology, She Took Off Her Wings and Shoes is deeply personal, extravagantly public art. It is experimental in ways that May Swenson would have applauded."
Suzette Marie Bishop teaches writing at Texas A&M International University. This is her first full-length book, though she has published a chapbook and many individual poems in national poetry journals. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, Ms. Bishop's credits include publications in Antioch Review, 13th Moon, Eratica, Aries, The Little Magazine, and many other literary journals. As a poet and writing teacher on the faculty of Texas A&M International, she gives many readings, as well as workshops for gifted children, seniors, and other writers on the US-Mexico border; she has worked with at-risk youth and with the rural Hispanic community.