Cold Blue Steel
Finalist, 2014 Writer's League of Texas Poetry Award.
Finalist, 2015 Pen Southwest Poetry Award
COLD BLUE STEEL contains 50 lyric poems set in the world of the urban street cop in the nation's fourth largest metropolis, Houston.
In the patrol car, at scenes of suicides and DOAs, in the overtime reality of aching feet and sweating torsos, the reader experiences the hard realities and unexpected luminosities of doing America's most dangerous job.
Sarah Cortez has almost 20 years of police experience, which was reflected in her first book of poetry, How to Undress a Cop (Arte Publico Press, 2000). That book was shocking, sexy, and tough.Tempered by experience, Cold Blue Steel has more pathos and the stunning complexity of trying to do an impossible job.
Cold Blue Steel is segmented into three parts.Showing Rookies How it Quickly Happens speaks to hard-earned procedures Cortez wishes to impart to her rookies.At the same time, she ironically reflects on who will be promoted why or why not.The Inches That Matter to Me speaks to what keeps cops alive and to what kills them.Feeling Too Much, At Times reflects on the innocent victims, silent witnesses, and the necessary dependence on the dispatcher’s voice.Throughout, the reader experiences the hard realities and unexpected luminosities of doing America’s most dangerous job.
Format: Paperback: pages
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Pub. Date: April 2013
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