How to Undress a Cop



Poems included in the collection have been awarded the PEN Texas Literary Award.

Synopsis: It's not every book of poetry that includes an "Ode to Body Armor." But then, it's not every poet whose experience in academia includes a stint at the police academy. 

The poems of Sarah Cortez are tough-minded, verbally supple, and often deeply erotic.  And each of these fifty lyric poems displays her many facets: the street smarts of a law enforcement officer, the bilingual vocabulary of a proud Mexican American; the linguistic dexterity of an erstwhile Latin teacher; and the frank sensuality of a strong and spirited woman.



And you thought there was no poetry in police work! This dazzling collection . . . is an entrancing literary quickie…
— Latina Magazine
Full of hard-edged description and fast-flowing narratives ... By turns erotic, tender, and gritty ... Powerfully direct.
— Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 1-55885-301-4

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55885-301-0

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages

  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press

  • Pub. Date:September 2000