American Sublime

ISBN-10: 1555974325

ISBN-13: 9781555974329

Edition: 2005

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A brilliant new collection by Elizabeth Alexander, whose "poems bristle with the irresistible quality of a world seen fresh" (Rita Dove, "The Washington Post) "Too many people have seen too much "and lived to tell, or not tell, or tell "with their silent, patterned bodies, "their glass eyes, gone legs, flower-printed flesh . . . -from "Notes From" In her fourth remarkable collection, Elizabeth Alexander voices the outcries, dreams, and histories of an African American tradition that goes back to the slave rebellion on the Amistad and to the artists' canvases of nineteenth-century America. In persona poems, historical narratives, jazz riffs, sonnets, elegies, and a sequence of ars poetica, "American Sublime is Alexander's most vivid and varied collection and affirms her place as one of America's most lively and gifted writers. "Alexander is an unusual thing, a sensualist of history, a romanticist of race. She weaves biography, history, experience, pop culture and dream. Her poems make the public and private dance together."--"Chicago Tribune
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List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 10/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.594

Little slave narrative #1 : master
Kitchen portrait, 1971
Tina Green
Five elegies
Morning, Gordontown
Claustrous Euphobia
The end
Krishna denies eating mud
Fried apples
The dream that I told my mother-in-law
Black poets talk about the dead
Notes from
The African picnic
First word of the mass for the dead
Autumn passage
Ars Poetica #10 : crossing over
Ars Poetica #1,002 : rally
Ars Poetica #17 : first Afro-American esperantist
Ars Poetica #28 : African leave-taking disorder
Ars Poetica #3 : ablutions
Ars Poetica #85 : Modjadji V the rain queen dies in South Africa at 64
Ars Poetica #23 : "whassup G?"
Ars Poetica #21 : graduate study of literature
Ars Poetica #227 : provenance
Ars Poetica #92 : Marcus Garvey on elocution
Ars Poetica #56 : "bullfrogs was falling out of the sky"
Ars Poetica #16 : lot
Ars Poetica #13 : the idea of ancestry
Ars Poetica #2 : christening
Ars Poetica #336 : rose-colored glasses
Ars Poetica #66 : how to
Ars Poetica #37 : patriarchy
Ars Poetica #100 : I believe
Ars Poetica #88 : sublime
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Kere's song
Judge Judson
In cursive
Waiting for Cinque to speak
The Amistad trail
Cinque Redux
The last quatrain
American sublime
Tanner's Annunciation
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