Dead, Dinner, or Naked

Trade Cloth – $17.95

ISBN 978-0-916384-10-4

Trade Paper – $16.95

ISBN 978-0-916384-14-2
Publication Date
February 1993
Page Count
73 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Dead, Dinner, or Naked

Evan Zimroth

Evan Zimroth's erotic, intense poems are rooted in history, myth, and everyday life. Her strong, singular voice makes us look where we might not have looked, see what we might have missed, face what we would avoid. She makes us think in surprising ways.

About the Author

Evan Zimroth is a poet, novelist, and professor of Jewish Studies at CUNY Queens College.
"Evan Zimroth's poetry is full of a dark shimmer, the menace of intensity, a toughness of vision that combines with an edgy grace a deeply instinctual femaleness and a deep intelligence." --Mary Gordon

"I love the combination of smartness, pain, and what one might call conscious postmodern trashiness in this book: a version of the erotic full of nervous tension which animates the sensuality, and also Zimroth's feeling for words, compressed, ironic, withholding, but also 'asking for it . . . the siege, the thrill, the battle fatigue.' A profoundly urban book, of harsh memory and fantasy, set in harsher reality."

—Alicia Ostriker

"Dead, Dinner, or Naked is remarkable and wrenching in its juxtaposition of the peace and tenderness of daily domesticity, with an anxious apprehension of sudden disaster. In language that is always striking and often humorous, Evan Zimroth explores the intricacies of love and passion between adults ruefully aware of their limitations. It's very provacative poetry, offering jolts of insight along with moments of almost unbearable poignancy."

—Lisa Alther