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Faster Than Light: New and Selected Poems, 1996-2011

ISBN-10: 0807147346

ISBN-13: 9780807147344

Edition: 2012

Authors: Marilyn Nelson

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Conjuring numerous voices and characters across oceans and centuries, Faster Than Light explores widely disparate experiences through the lens of traditional poetic forms. This volume contains a selection of Marilyn Nelson's new and uncollected poems as well as work from each of her lyric histories of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century African American individuals and communities.Poems include the stories of historical figures like Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy lynched in 1955, and the inhabitants of Seneca Village, an African American community razed in 1857 for the creation of Central Park. "Bivouac in a Storm" tells the story of a group of young soldiers, later known as the Tuskegee Airmen, as they trained near Biloxi, Mississippi, "marching in summer heat / thick as blackstrap molasses, under trees / haunted by whippings." Later pieces range from the poet's travels in Africa, Europe, and Polynesia, to poems written in collaboration with Father Jacques de Foiard Brown, a former Benedictine monk and the subject of Nelson's playful fictional fantasy sequence, "Adventure-Monk!" Both personal and historical, these poems remain grounded in everyday details but reach toward spiritual and moral truths.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Lyric Histories
A Wreath for Emmett Till
From The Freedom Business
Witness
Pestilence
A Voyage by Sea
Keeper of the Keys
Fat on the Fire
Meg
Cows in the Shade
Sap Rising
Farm Garden
The Freedom Business
From Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
On Abrigador Hill
Dinah's Lament
Not My Bones
From Seneca Village
Sky-Land
Conductor
The Cotillion
Address
Thompson and Seaman Vows, African Union Church
Words and Whispers
Little Box
Miracle in the Collection Plate
Sisters of Charity
Uncle Epiphany
From Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color
The Book
Family
The Tao of the Trial
Miss Ann Eliza Hammond
Etymology
Albert Hinkley
Worth
From Carver: A Life in Poems
Watkins Laundry and Apothecary
Old Settlers' Reunion
Four a.m. in the Woods
Cafeteria Food
Called
My People
Chemistry 101
From an Alabama Farmer
Bedside Reading
Poultry Husbandry
1905
Veil-Raisers
How a Dream Dies
The Dimensions of the Milky Way
Ruellia Noctiflora
Goliath
House Ways and Means
"God's Little Workshop"
Eureka
Mineralogy
Last Talk with Jim Hardwick
Moton Field
From Sweethearts of Rhythm
Bugle Call Rag
Chattanooga Choo-Choo
Jump, Jump, Jump
She's Crazy with the Heat
Red-Hot Mama
That Man of Mine
Improvisation, 1948
Drum Solo, 1950
The Song Is You
Other Selected Poems
From The Cachoeira Tales and Other Poems
Faster Than Light
Cachoeira Tales
General Prologue
C.I.A.
Harmonia and Moreen
Baixa Mall
Olodum
A Igreja do Nossa Senhor do Bonfim
Triolets for Triolet
New and Uncollected Poems
Millie-Christine
A Small Good News
Little Dialogue with the Muse
First Alzheimer's Sonnet
Second Alzheimer's Sonnet
The Truceless Wars
Live Jazz, Franklin Park Zoo
To the Confederate Dead
Bivouac in a Storm
Six-Minute Dogfight
Written in Clouds
Honor Guard
Eternal Optimist
Psalm for Another People
Nine Times Nine, on Awe
In the Waiting Room
The Mohembo Road
For the Feast of Corpus Christi
How to Be Human Now
The Contemplative Life
The Language of the Absolute
Stone Adze
The Risk Unto Death
Truth and Beauty
La Gare Central
Where Humanity Begins
Nothing Stranger
From "Adventure-Monk!"