Cold Blue Steel
5.5 x 8.5, 80 pp.
Pub Date: 04/12/2013
Price:        $10.95


Published by Texas Review Press

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Cold Blue Steel

Sarah Cortez

Cold Blue Steel contains fifty lyric poems set in the world of the urban street cop in Houston, the nation’s fourth largest metropolis.

In the patrol car, at scenes of suicides and DOAs, in the overtime reality of aching feet and sweating torsos, the reader experiences the hard realities and unexpected luminosities of doing America’s most dangerous job.

Sarah Cortez, author of How to Undress a Cop, has edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives, Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery, Indian Country Noir, and You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens.  Her most recent title is Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston.

What Readers Are Saying:

"As a police officer, writer, and editor...Cortez provides a unique perspective on the front lines of law enforcement in Houston. In this, her second book of poetry, Cortez employs a frank language in sharp lyrics charged with weary passion...Cortez enlives her lines with a deft blend of rhythm and police shorthand...[she] brandishes a mean humor..."--Diego Baez, Booklist


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