Confessions and Other Strange Impulses: A Book of Poetry in Two Acts by Miriam D. Dufer Now Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Tesco, and Borders

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Confessions and Other Strange Impulses: A Book of Poetry in Two Acts is Miriam Dufer's first collection of poetry. Exploring the sacrament of penance and the dichotomy between raw emotion and reality, her poems illustrate the inner turmoil inherent in human nature.

Confessions and Other Strange Impulses: A Book of Poetry in Two Acts is a gathering of poems which explores themes such as impulsive confessions as they relate to religion, race, and sex among other themes.

One critic has stated that Confessions and Other Strange Impulses: A Book of Poetry in Two Acts is "Captivating and Raw.The raw emotions that this poet speaks out is so raw that the reader is shocked at some parts and laughing with her at others. Very great book of poerty."

Her other work, The Image and Identity of the Black Woman in the Poetry and Prose of Toi Derricotte was published in 2005. The settling of America brought with it not only a new nation and the promise of freedom, but also a conglomeration of people with vast differences. One of the most volatile differences was skin color, which was the catalyst for discrimination, manipulative legislation, stereotypes, and identity politics. This thesis examines the identity politics in Derricotte's work and the proclivity to use stereotypes in America, by both blacks and whites. Quantitative analysis, in the form of an Internet-based survey, assesses perceptions and stereotypes of black women. The assessment reveals that conditioned negative thought remains today and, as suspected, is also held by blacks. Qualitative analysis, in the form of critical analysis of literature, examines Derricotte's work. The qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques are used collectively to validate my argument that the system of racial ascription in America compels individuals to declare arbitrary categories based on phenotypical attributes that define race inaccurately.

She is already at work on her first novel, Legends and Legacies, which will be published in 2007.

Also avilable at is Zealous for Cooking: Recipes, Photos and Memories, a color cookbook published by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, inc., Pi Eta Zeta Chapter.


Miriam Dufer was born and raised in Alabama, where she graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing in 1998. She graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2005 with an M.A. in Humanities with a concentration in Literature. Miriam Dufer is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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