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The Water Between Us
by Shara McCallum

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    Format: Paperback, 96 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780822957102
    Imprint: University of Pittsburgh Press
    Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
    Parent Company: University of Pittsburgh
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    Book Description:
    1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize winner.

    The Water Between Us is a poetic examination of cultural fragmentation, and the exile’s struggle to reconcile the disparate and often conflicting influences of the homeland and the adopted country. The book also centers on other kinds of physical and emotional distances: those between mothers and daughters, those created by being of mixed racial descent, and those between colonizers and the colonized. Despite these distances, or perhaps because of them, the poems affirm the need for a multilayered and cohesive sense of self. McCallum’s language is precise and graceful. Drawing from Anancy tales, Greek myth, and biblical stories, the poems deftly alternate between American English and Jamaican patois, and between images both familiar and surreal.

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