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