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me and Nina
by Monica Hand

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    List Price: $15.95
    Format: Paperback, 96 pages
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9781882295906
    Imprint: Alice James Books
    Publisher: Alice James Books
    Parent Company: University of Maine at Farmington
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    "Monica Hand’s me and Nina is a beautiful book by a soul survivor. In these poems she sings deep songs of violated intimacy and the hard work of repair. The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book."—Elizabeth AlexanderIn an intimate conversation with the "High Priestess of Soul," Monica A. Hand surveys the places and moods of alienation through poems that are as musical and stylistically diverse as Nina Simone’s work. Hand readily embraces a "mass hypnosis" style, putting "a spell on [us]" with her intensely passionate cries and commitment to embracing both tragedy and exuberance in these insightful poems.From "Dear Nina":I am not recession
    depression
    oppression
    compression
    crooked line
    broken line
    polka dot
    parking lot
    or spotI am a Gift from God
    I know thatI am anun-kept
    solo songMonica A. Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

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