Tory Dent's is a voice like no other. Her use of language is virtuosic, complex, and plangent. These are daring poems that also dare the reader. HIV positive, Dent writes out of her own experience and profound refusal to look away or suspend feeling or turn from love. When her first book of poems, What Silence Equals, appeared in 1993, it was recognized as 'immediately one of the great, necessary books to come out of the AIDS crisis, flinging its challenge in the face of death.' With HIV, Mon Amour she moves further into the whirlwind -- as witness, lover, and observer.
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