Rouge Pulp explores notions of body and beauty, birth and death, in a contemporary America driven by its contradictions: material plenty and spiritual lack. Dorothy Barresi writes about strippers, hair salons, cancer, good credit ratings, cockfights, childbirth, maternal love, war. Her poems take the world's brutal vitality as their music, and they refuse to despair. from ""Class Dress"" Ask the band, those be-bop gods of insect cool, playing ""Say It Isn't So,"" what the difference is between naked and undressed. They know with a terrible clarity. Her generating curves, her spirals, her vector rotation of planes and onstage are the swellest immorality for those wrecked and crippled boys in the front row. Lily St. Cyr is dead.
Dorothy Barresi's first book of poems, All of the Above, won the 1990 Barnard College New Women Poets Prize. Her second book, The Post-Rapture Diner, won an American Book Award in 1997. A professor of English at California State University, Northridge, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.