This beautifully written collection focuses on the lives of saloon girls and prostitutes in Colorado near the end of the nineteenth century. The language is elegant — though describing, as one reviewer noted — “the desperation, tedium and pathos of the day-to-day lives these women … that reveal(s) not only the physical experiences of these women, but their acute, matter-of-fact perception of those experiences and their hopeless acceptance of the inescapable lives that encompass them.” A truly unusual and rewarding read — a glimpse of their lives:
It’s the blur we catch:
our other selves,
selves we’d want saved—
Perched as they are
in the glossy corner,
the spark of our unwavering eye.
Demimonde, Kierstin Bridger, Lithic Press, 2016.