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HIV, Mon Amour
Tory Dent

Sheep Meadow
1999 • 103 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Medicine & Public Health

$12.95 Paperback, 978-1-878818-86-7

Tory Dent's is a voice like no other. Her use of language is virtuosic, complex, and plangent. These are daring poems that also dare the reader. HIV positive, Dent writes out of her own experience and profound refusal to look away or suspend feeling or turn from love. When her first book of poems, What Silence Equals, appeared in 1993, it was recognized as "immediately one of the great, necessary books to come out of the AIDS crisis, flinging its challenge in the face of death." With HIV, Mon Amour she moves further into the whirlwind -- as witness, lover, and observer.

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"Tory Dent has gone to a place where we are afraid to go, and come back with a vision, and she sings it . . . She is a true poet, a born truth-teller .. . [her] dazzling and valiant poems are the psalms of our present moment."—Sharon Olds


Winner of the James Laughlin Award of The Academy of American Poets. (1999)

Tory Dent graduated from Barnard College and received an M.A. from NYU. She was a fellow at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and finalist in the Yale Series of Younger Poets, the National Poetry Series, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and the Walt Whitman Award. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, and three PEN grants for Writers with AIDS.

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