Against Sky's Warm Belly: New and Selected Poems


The poems of Sarah Cortez flex lean muscles to build lyric intensity and a gripping edginess often backlit by an incandescent, controlled eroticism. Cortez reveals the hidden underworld of her fellow police officers, whose lives comprise the thin blue line and whose blood sometimes splashes and blackens on summer concrete.





And what of the water?
A transparency
we swim through, lithe
white muscle,
the glide of fins.
We move and move
forever inside reflections,
refractions, ruckus
from the other side.
Our eyes never close.
We see you
We don’t think
we’re dinner.

Product details
Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Texas Review Press (December 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1680031090
ISBN-13: 978-1680031096
Price: $16.95