Images of Kin: New and Selected Poems

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University of Illinois Press, 1977 - Poetry - 213 pages
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Contents

Crossing Lake Michigan
3
Conferences with the Unknown
5
Cannon Arrested
7
TongueTied in Black and White
9
Eve Rachel
12
Healing Song
14
The Wisdom of Signs
16
Made Connections
18
The Drive In
117
Herring Run
118
Continuous Visit
120
Dead Oaks
121
Oak
123
Breaded Meat Breaded Hands
125
Shirls Tree
127
Bessies Blues Song
128

Bicentenary Remembrances of Trade
20
Smoke
22
Uplift from a Dark Tower
25
The Battle of Saratoga Springs Revisited
27
Dining from a Treed Condition An Historical Survey
28
The Founding Fathers in Philadelphia
30
Psychophotos of Hampton
31
from Nightmare Begins Responsibility
37
Kin
39
Landfill
41
From a Town in Minnesota
42
Called
44
Grandfather
46
Blackjack
48
Buck
51
Alice Braxton Johnson
54
Roland
56
Nightmare Begins Responsibility
57
Brer Sterling and the Rocker
58
18721906
59
Gains
60
No 24
62
Corrected Review
64
Alice
66
from Debridement
69
History as Capn Brown
71
Kansas and America
72
Dues
73
American
74
Allegheny Shadows
75
Plans
76
Kansas
77
America Calls
78
Shields Green Fugitives
80
Genl Tubman as We Call Her
81
Souls of Black Folk
82
An Essay
83
Messages
84
Notes from a Surveyor
85
Hamilton Massacre Parable
88
2
89
Manual for the Patriotic Volunteer
91
The Meaning of Protest
93
Messages
94
A Film
96
Debridement
98
Corktown
99
Caves
100
In the Projects
101
A White Friend Flies In from the Coast
102
Mamas Report
103
Dog Tags Letters Home
104
StreetPoisoned
106
Makin Jump Shots
107
Operation Harvest Moon On Repose
108
The Family of Debridement
110
from Song I Want a Witness
113
I Want a Witness
115
Kneading
116
Homage to the New World
130
The Negatives
131
Photographs
132
The Night of Frost
133
Utility Room
134
At the Cemetery
135
The Borning Room
137
The Families Album
138
A Portfolio
139
History as Apple Tree
142
from History Is Your Own Heartbeat
145
America
147
Survivors
148
Patrice Cuchulain
149
Good Samaritan Hospital
150
Visitors
152
Births and Nations A Blood Song
154
Ungie Hi Ungie
155
Gallstones as History
156
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
157
BothAnd A Choice of Colors
158
City of Roses Anesthesia 2
159
Here Where Coltrane Is
160
Martins Blues
161
Madimba
162
Come Back Blues
164
Folksong
165
The Dance of the Elephants
166
Mission
168
The IceFishing House
170
A Vision of Massacre
172
Charles Parker
173
So What
175
Vision as Ritual Confirmation
177
from Dear John Dear Coltrane
179
Brother John
181
For Bud
183
Elvins Blues
184
Village Blues
186
The Black Angel
187
Another Version
188
Effendi
189
Malcolms Blues
190
Remember Mexico
191
Zocalo
193
Black Spring
195
American History
196
On the Death of Our Son Reuben Masai Harper
197
Reuben Reuben
198
Death watch
199
New Season
201
Dear John Dear Coltrane
202
Molasses and the Three Witches
204
Mr P C
206
Malcolm Feb 21
207
Barricades
208
Ode to Tenochtitlan
210
Biafra Blues
212
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Michael Steven Harper was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 18, 1938. He received an associate of arts degree in 1959 from Los Angeles City College, a bachelor's degree in 1961 and a master's degree in 1963 from the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences, and a M.F.A. degree in 1963 from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He taught at Contra Costa College, Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, and California State College before he joined the English faculty at Brown University, where he remained until retiring in 2013. During his lifetime, he published more than ten collections of poetry including History Is Your Own Heartbeat, Honorable Amendments, Debridement, Nightmare Begins Responsibility, and Dear John, Dear Coltrane. Images of Kin won the Poetry Society of America's Melville-Cane Award. He also edited The Collected Poems of Sterling A. Brown and Chant of Saints: A Gathering of Afro-American Literature, Art and Scholarship. He died on May 7, 2016 at the age of 78.

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