Poetry. The Red Dress is a series of deliciously poised, witty, often amorous poems by Billie Chernicoff, a poet who has received the highest praise from her fellow-poets and readers alike."THE RED DRESS: CHARMS TROUBLED & AMOROUS, by Billie Chernicoff, brings to mind an afternoon spent in a botanical garden of the old world: a Venetian garden of earthly delights, of rare carnivorous and medicinal plants, of opium poppy blossoms and lush mystery. This lovely collection of poems guides us through a woman's sensual and full life."—Brenda Coultas"For all of the resonant, bewitching talismans of the old world and gathered leaves her poems proffer, for all the lovers that inhabit these rooms, Chernicoff is too wise to get lost in the lustres of the materials—however beguiling or charged. THE RED DRESS works as a kind of tarot, shifting dimensions, spheres, and earthly elements as it unwraps the soul stuff. Folio of all your faces I wed is a poet (and seeker's) electrifying vow."—Kimberly Lyons"In her slow, slender lines she invites collusion with the reader's breath, so we find ourselves breathing along with the text, startled by what she's just made us say. She leads us into a sensuous world of vivid, unsentimental love, love not just for bodies but for moves and circumstances."—Robert Kelly
Billie Chernicoff was born in Detroit, grew up in the Catskills, went to Bard College and now lives in a blue house one street away from the Hudson River; great outstretched arm of the Atlantic Ocean. MINOR SECRETS is her fifth book of poetry. Her other titles are THE RED DRESS (Dr. Cicero Books), The Pleasures (Metambsen.org), WATERS OF (Lunar Chandelier Collective), and BRONZE (Lunar Chandelier Collective). Billie is also co-editor of The Doris, a magazine of new writing and translation.