American Happiness

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NewSouth Books, Sep 28, 2016 - Poetry - 80 pages
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American Happiness is an eclectic collection of verse from a bold poet of everyday life, Jacqueline Allen Trimble. Ironically titled, the work addresses everything from the death of parents to racial tension to the encroachment of coyotes into urban spaces.

The title is taken from a poem in the book which considers the kinder, gentler exploits of Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney during a time when Southern law enforcement was neither universally kind or gentle. Says Trimble, “Barney had one bullet/and no need for a rope./The only burning he did was for his Thelma Lou.”

On her poetic journey, which takes us from the personal to the political, Trimble probes our racial divide. She is by turns compassionate and fierce, cutting at our hypocrisy with the knife of her words and willing us toward our better common humanity.

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I loved this volume of poetry, which is not something I say often! Trimble addresses sexism, racism, love, life, recent events. When she addresses certain events, I could tell what she was referring ... Read full review


How my mother Taught me to Write poems
everybody in America Hate the south
The relativity of midlife
Things That Are Lost
A conjugation
The geography of passion
The retort i Wish i Had made After i Forgot to pack
A Woman Tells the History of Her people
American Happiness
Another Thing to Worry About
gun collector shoots Unarmed Black
index of poem Titles

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Jacqueline Allen Trimble lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama, where she is an associate professor of English and chairperson of Languages and Literatures at Alabama State University. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications including The Griot, The Offing, and The Blue Lake Review. She is currently a Cave Canem fellow and the recipient of a 2017 literary arts fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

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