Venus Hottentot

ISBN-10: 1555973922
ISBN-13: 9781555973926
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 1/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 64
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Elizabeth Alexander's highly praised first collection is available once again I didn't want to write a poem that said "blackness is," because we know better than anyone that we are not one or ten or ten thousand things Not one poem -from "Today's News" Originally published in 1990 to widespread acclaim, The Venus Hottentot introduces Elizabeth Alexander's vital poetic voice, distinguished even in this remarkable first book by its examination of history, gender, and race with an uncommon clarity and music. These poems range from personal memory to cultural history to human personae: John Coltrane, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and "The Venus Hottentot," a nineteenth-century African woman who was made into a carnival sideshow exhibit. In language as vibrant within traditional forms as it is within improvisational lyrics, the poems in The Venus Hottentot demonstrate why Alexander is among our most dazzling and important contemporary poets and cultural critics. "Alexander creates intellectual magic in poem after poem." --The New York Times Book Review

The Venus Hottentot
West Indian Primer
Ode
Ladders
Zodiac
The Dirt-Eaters
Who I Think You Are
House Party Sonnet: '66
Nineteen
Omni - Albert Murray
Robeson at Rutgers
Van Der Zec
Bearden
Deadwood Dick
John Col
Painting
Monet at Giverny
Farewell to You
Penmanship
Letter: Blues
Boston Year
Kevin of the N. E. Crew
Four Bongos: Take a Train
"Radio Days"
Miami Footnote
"Ala"
A Poem for Nelson Mandela
Today's News
Preliminary Sketches: Philadelphia

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