Subject: Poetry / American / African American

Subject: Poetry / American / African American

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Wild Hundreds

|9780822963837|Winner, 2016 BCALA Literary Award (poetry category)Winner of the 2014 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards (poetry category)Wild Hundreds is a long love song to Chicago. The book celebrates the people, culture, and places often left out of the civic discourse and the travel guides. Wild Hundreds is a book that displays the beauty of black survival and mourns the tragedy of black death.| Nate A. Marshall| Pitt Poetry Series| Poetry / American / African American Poetry / American / General Poetry / General

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Boy with Thorn

|9780822963813|In a landscape at once the brutal American South as it is the brutal mind, Boy with Thorn interrogates the genesis of all poetic creation—the imagination itself, questioning what role it plays in both our fascinations with and repulsion from a national history of racial and sexual violence. The personal and political crash into one language here, gothic as it is supple, meditating on visual art and myth, to desire, the practice of lynching and Hurricane Katrina. Always at its center, though, is the poet himself—confessing a double song of pleasure and inevitable pain.| Rickey Laurentiis| Pitt Poetry Series| Poetry…

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Blood Memory

|9780822964087|Blood Memory, Colleen J. McElroy’s collection of narrative poetry, emerges from deep seated memories with enormous emotion. Through the rhythms and musicality unique to McElroy’s voice, it portrays an extended family, a complex culture spanning several decades, multiple victories and failures, and a single brilliant soul that frames the poems. Dedicated to McElroy’s mother, the book is universal in its scope, inescapable in its earthy particularity. McElroy writes, “I am the last female of a family/ of women who wove the fabric/ of stories into doilies and slip covers…/” Blood Memory offers consummate storytelling and unforgettable poetry capturing a place…

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I

|9780822945666|New & Selected| Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for PoetryRecipient of the 2020 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in PoetryBCALA Honor Book for Best Poetry Award 2020 How do you gain access to thepower of parts of yourself youabhor, and make them singwith beauty, tenderness, and compassion? This is a record of fifty years of victories in the reclamationof a poet’s voice. The story of Toi Derricotte is a hero’s odyssey. It is the journey of a poetic voice that in each book earns her way to home, to her own commanding powers. “I”: New and Selected…

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I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood

|9780822965589|For poet Tiana Clark, trees will never be just trees. They will also and always be a row of gallows from which Black bodies once swung. This is an image that she cannot escape, but one that she has learned to lean into as she delves into personal and public histories, explicating memories and muses around race, elegy, family, and faith by making and breaking forms as well as probing mythology, literary history, her own ancestry, and, yes, even Rihanna. I Can’t Talk About the Trees without the Blood, because Tiana cannot engage with the physical and psychic landscape of…

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