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Smoking in the Twilight Bar Barbara Henning

Smoking in the Twilight Bar

Barbara Henning

Published August 1988
ISBN : 9789998400771
Paperback, Cover photo by Harriette Hartigan
88 pages
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Smoking in the Twilight Bar is a collection of tales of the nocturnal lives of working women, an intelligent and sensitive portrayal of the urban night. Moving from bars to poolhalls to bedrooms, the stories are of violence and sexuality, understoodMoreSmoking in the Twilight Bar is a collection of tales of the nocturnal lives of working women, an intelligent and sensitive portrayal of the urban night. Moving from bars to poolhalls to bedrooms, the stories are of violence and sexuality, understood but not judged. Like glimpses from the street through lighted windows, these brief paragraphs are at first discontinuous- they evolve, gradually, into narrative the way lives come together to make a city. Small Press Distribution Catalog, 1989.These are poems with a very hard edge to them. Be warned: this is not a book for those who want poetry to laud some kind of idealized fantasy of what life should be. This is a poet who has been around the block a few times and she is not about to make compromises with what she sees as the truth of human existence. This is a book of unvarnished reality. . . These are our ghosts, the millions of Americas metropolitan flotsam, whose sheer numbers alone make their story worth consideration, but who are hardly ever the stuff of poetry. (Thomas Strand, Poetic Space, 1989, Vol 4, No. 6)Shaped like he spaces of open windows, Hennings works are snapshots of a stark reality, squares of light on a dark wall. Her bold black and white scenerios are of tough, durable women, barefaced and vulnerable survivers. She has written their picture. (Maureen Owen)Barbara Hennings Smoking in the Twilight Baris a book of linked glimpses into urban working lives after dark, and in its presentation and tone it may be unique. Moving from bars to poolhalls to bedrooms, the intelligent and observant guide and narrator gives us a world of violence and sexuality that is understood but never judged. It is a powerful and memorable act of witnessing.