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Heart Strong by Nina Serrano eBook

Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 eBook

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Heart Strong, Selected Poems 2000-2012 includes Nina Serrano’s most matured poems as well as many drawings from her journals and dreams, or drawn expressly for a particular poem. The exquisite cover by Adrian Arias and the other paintings and photographs presented in the book are by artist friends. Estuary Press has provided endnotes to explain the historic context of the poems and their poetic form, for later generations of readers.

“Nina Serrano writes, “I saw myself / reflected in a puddle of tears” and “There’s an old woman in a glittery tee shirt smiling at me.” The poems in   Heart Strong   swirl in different directions, but they always find their way back to that face in the mirror, the poet’ssole self— an entity which is simultaneously in violent movement and at utter rest: “later realizing the wildness / was me.” What Serrano sees is theheart-selfraging. Her words and images tell the tale of a woman existing in the midst of history— in an age in which, strangely enough, it seems absolutely necessary to affirm that one can feel love. How, in the murderous twentieth/ twenty-first century (“ All My Life There Has Always Been a War,” “War Against the Earth,” “Protestor’s Blues”), can love exist at all?   Heart Strong   tells how it can exist, and flourish, and even— in the midst of horror both personal and historical— heal. A strong heart (a strong heart is the very basis of poetry) can be a weapon.”

Jack Foley, Poet, critic, radio host, author of Visions and Affiliations: California Poetry from 1940-2005.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

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