Paperback: 72 pages
Publisher: Vandorhall Publishing, 2000
6" x 1/4" x 9" inches
In this riveting collection, Stacy Torian explores the joys, sorrows and complexities of everyday life. Using her succinct poetic voice, Torian articulates a thought-provoking life philosophy shaped by her experiences as a black girl, woman, worker, and lover in American society. Whether focused on love's "crumbly ashes" or the "bleak pain fisted cries of sisters in need," her fiercely discerning eye unearths perspectives on living that are both strikingly universal and intensely personal. Through her insight and honesty, Torian compels us to grasp the profound nature of day-to-day existence. Heart-wrenching, inspiring, introspective, and powerful, her poems are a testament to the soulful sensitivity that makes us all human.
Cover art by Elaine Gambill
About the Author
Stacy Torian is a poet and a native of North Carolina. She received her formal education at Duke University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French, a master’s degree in Liberal Studies, and graduate certificate in African and African American Studies. In 2001, she won a Gender and Race Research Award from the Duke University Women’s Studies program for her master’s thesis “Revolution? You Wouldn’t Use That Word If You Knew What It Meant”: Gendered Conceptions of Revolution in Black Arts Poetry of the 1960s and 1970s. It was as a graduate student that she published her first poetry volume, Soul Speak (2000), which chronicles her experiences as a “black girl, woman, worker, and lover in American society” (from the book cover). Her second book, Chisel, an eclectic collection of poems about street encounters, elder relatives, and moments of loss, was published in 2010. Torian’s poems have appeared in the literary journals Prometheus Black, VOICES, San Diego Writer’s Monthly, Stanford Black Arts Quarterly, and Transformations, as well as in the news publications Real Change and The Courier-Times.