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The Night Ballerina

Warren Harris

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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.00" x 9.00"
  • ISBN: 978-1-935916-09-3
  • Publication Date: 2012-05-01
  • BrickHouse Books, Inc.

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The Night Ballerina

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The Night Ballerina is a fast-moving, cinematic word-montage that flows through seven uninterrupted sections to create what Dan Stryk calls an “artistically adventurous vision.” Its eclectic verse and occasional prose passages enact the rhythmic interplay of desire, anxiety, and elation in a journey of the psyche, melding together contemporary scenes with ancient parallels. Some of them are a crowded subway car racing under Manhattan, and a subterranean trance-journey in aboriginal Africa; a river baptism in the American South, and a Mithraic initiation rite in Roman Britain; a Freudian analysis of our perennial obsession with Sherlock Holmes, and a rain-soaked climb to a stone circle on a Yorkshire moor; a painter’s conception of a fire-ringed, Shiva-like Jesus calming the sea, and, in the book’s central metaphor, an ascetic ballerina framed in the window of a practice studio on a snowy night.

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Warren Harris

Warren Meredith Harris grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He has written not only poetry that has appeared in many periodicals, but also dramatic works performed in colleges and small venues in Virginia, Chicago, and New York City, including one broadcast on New York City public radio. Educated at the University of Richmond, Yale University - where he won the Tew Book Prize - and Northwestern University, he has been a college teacher, a stage director, an editor of a literary journal, and a theatre reviewer. He and his wife Diane, a professional genealogist, live in Abingdon, Virginia, which is home to one of his favorite places, the Virginia Creeper Trail.