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The Venus Hottentot: Poems
by Elizabeth Alexander

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    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Poetry
    Page Count: 64
    ISBN13: 9781555973926
    Imprint: Graywolf Press
    Publisher: Graywolf Press
    Parent Company: Graywolf Press

    Book Description:
    Elizabeth Alexander’s highly praised first collection is available once again

    I didn’t want to write a poem that said "blackness
    is," because we know better than anyone
    that we are not one or ten or ten thousand things
    Not one poem
    -from "Today’s News"

    Originally published in 1990 to widespread acclaim, The Venus Hottentot introduces Elizabeth Alexander’s vital poetic voice, distinguished even in this remarkable first book by its examination of history, gender, and race with an uncommon clarity and music. These poems range from personal memory to cultural history to human personae: John Coltrane, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and "The Venus Hottentot," a nineteenth-century African woman who was made into a carnival sideshow exhibit.

    In language as vibrant within traditional forms as it is within improvisational lyrics, the poems in The Venus Hottentot demonstrate why Alexander is among our most dazzling and important contemporary poets and cultural critics.

    "Alexander creates intellectual magic in poem after poem."
    —The New York Times Book Review

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