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Rice Poems

ISBN-10: 0810152320
ISBN-13: 9780810152328
Edition: 2013
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Description: In Rice, her second volume of poetry, Nikky Finney explores the complexity of rice as central to the culture, economy, and mystique of the coastal South Carolina region where she was born and raised. The prized Carolina Gold rice paradoxically made  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 7/31/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In Rice, her second volume of poetry, Nikky Finney explores the complexity of rice as central to the culture, economy, and mystique of the coastal South Carolina region where she was born and raised. The prized Carolina Gold rice paradoxically made South Carolina one of the most oppressive states for slaves and also created the remarkable Gullah culture on the coastal islands. The poems in Rice compose a profound and unflinching journey connecting family and the paradoxes of American history, from the tragic times when African slaves disembarked on the South Carolina coast to the triumphant day when Judge Ernest A. Finney Jr., Nikky’s father, was sworn in as South Carolina’s first African American chief justice. Images from the Finney family archive illustrate and punctuate this collection. Rice showcases Finney’s hungry intellect, her regional awareness and pride, and her sensitivity to how cultures are built and threatened.

Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana, grew up in Jamaica, and studied and taught in New Brunswick, Canada. In the UK he has published five volumes of poetry, an anthology of reggae poetry, and a critical volume on reggae music and literature. His first book of poems, Progeny of Air, won the prestigious Forward Poetry Prize. He teaches at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Heel-Toe
The Blackened Alphabet
Irons at Her Feet
Yellow Jaundice
The Goodfellows Club
Cotton Tea
Harry and Jainey
Understudies
My Centipeding Self
Making Foots
Lightkeeper
In South Carolina: Where Black Schoolmarms Sleep
Black Orion
"God Ain't Makin' No More Land"
Thresh
The Afterbirth, 1931
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
The Sound of Burning Hair
Dinosaur
Pluck
The Devil Is Beating His Wife
Eskimo
Acquanetta of Hollywood
I Have Been Somewhere
The Butt of the Joke
South Africa: When a Woman Is a Rock
The Ostrich
Brown Country
He Never Had It Made
Winnow
The Turtle Ball
Tenderheaded
Living On What
Mae/I
Love Marrow 3
Mute
Permittable Thunder
The Vertigo
The Mapmaker
The Savoy, 1926
Daguerre of Negras
Woman Holdin� Up All Deeze Folks
Rule Number One
The End of It
A Woman with Keys
The Rice
List of Photographs

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