American sublime

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Graywolf, Sep 22, 2005 - Poetry - 93 pages
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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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Alexander returns with a fourth book of poetry that presents dazzling slices of life, both personal and communal, as she uses sonnets, elegies, jazz riffs, and more to trace African American history. Read full review

Contents

Emancipation
3
Tina Green
9
Claustrous Euphobia
15
Ode
21
Notes From
27
ArsPoetica
35
Ablutions
41
Provenance
45
Amis tad
61
Translator
74
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