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how i got ovah
by Carolyn Marie Rodgers

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Format: Hardcover, 81 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9780385046701
Imprint: Anchor
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description:

The idea of crossing over to a new way of life provides the substance that Rodgers explicitly longed for in several poems of self-doubt about her writing. Her third book takes its title from this concern: How I Got Ovah (1975) collects new and selected poems in a volume that marks a turning point in Rodgers's career. Like Giovanni and Sanchez, Rodgers rejects the official hatred of the liberation movement and embraces love. "Some of Me Beauty" (53) recalls and dismisses her revolutionary persona:

the fact is
that i don't hate any body any more
i went through my mean period.

Now, however, she awakes to find herself

carolyn
not imani man jua or soul sister poetess of
the moment
i saw more than a "sister". . .
i saw a Woman. human.
and black.
i felt a spiritual transformation
a root revival of love.

The correlation between a spiritual transformation and the revival of love is critical.  Read the full review and more written about by Karen Ford.


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