11 Books Published by David R. Godine, Publisher on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about Jazz And Twelve O’Clock Tales: New Stories by Wanda Coleman Jazz And Twelve O’Clock Tales: New Stories

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Jan 01, 2008)
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Poets who can write prose that equals their poetry are rare. With this collection of thirteen new short stories, Wanda Coleman, Los Angeles’s unofficial poet laureate, proves an exception to the rule yet again. Jazz and Twelve O’Clock Tales owes its title to the lyrics of ’Lush Life’ by Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s right-hand man. Like the heartbroken lover of Strayhorn’s song, the characters in these stories lead lonely lives full of longing, of potential stifled by racism, poverty, and absurd accidents of fate. And yet, even though they are trapped by the present moment, their inner lives are lush, a mirror of the city of angels in which they live, a metropolis, ’always simmering,’ as Coleman writes in the final story, ’ever waiting to be borne on that balmy promised crescendo.’

Coleman applies a poet’s economy of words to her fiction, setting a scene with lightning-quick strokes, letting a detail, a dialogue, or the brisk vernacular speak for itself. Or, alternatively, she will step in and take center stage, an omniscient voice seeing beyond the impending and inevitable tragedy, but powerless to change either narrative or outcome. Powerless, that is, only within the bounds of the story, for Coleman is an author devoted to change, personal and political, writing to affect the balance of power in America. ’Nothing will satisfy me,’ she has written, ’short of an open society and social parity.’


Click for more detail about The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors by Wanda Coleman The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors

by Wanda Coleman
David R. Godine (Mar 25, 2005)
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In this, her second collection of nonfiction prose, Wanda Coleman continues the project she began in Native in a Strange Land (1996), a project she once described as ""a tour through the restless emotional topography of Los Angeles as glimpsed


Click for more detail about Mercurochrome by Wanda Coleman Mercurochrome

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Jul 01, 2001)
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Coleman’s courageous, impassioned voice, defiantly affirming itself in the face of social injustice and institutional dehumanization, rings out clearer than ever in her new book, Mercurochrome. So does her sensuous, vivid, tactile “verbal mandala”:

love
as i live it seems more like mercurochrome
than anything else
i can conjure up. it looks so pretty and red,
and smells of a balmy
coolness when you uncap the little applicator.
but swab it on an
open sore and you nearly die under the stabbing
burn. recovery
leaves a vague tenderness…

These high-energy, incandescent poems turn up the emotional thermostat, sizzling and shooting off sparks.


Click for more detail about Mambo Hips and Make Believe by Wanda Coleman Mambo Hips and Make Believe

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Aug 01, 1999)
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Fiction. Wanda Coleman’s powerful new novel chronicles the friendship between two women — one from the black ghetto of Los Angeles, one from its white middle-class suburbs. Both are aspiring writers, both scramble to pay their bills by picku


Click for more detail about Bathwater Wine by Wanda Coleman Bathwater Wine

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Jul 01, 1998)
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Wanda Coleman: winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2012 Shelley Memorial Award Winner of the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize


Click for more detail about Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors by Wanda Coleman Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Sep 01, 1996)
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In this collection of articles, essays, interviews and columns, Wanda Coleman, Los Angeles’ noted satirist, poet, and journalist, recounts three decades of the growth of her city and herself. Gleaned from the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, T


Click for more detail about Hand Dance by Wanda Coleman Hand Dance

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Feb 01, 1993)
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The poems and prose of Coleman’s sixth book, Hand Dance, show a wry political awareness (""inside this poor person is a rich one / struggling to come out""), a streetwise knowledge of what it means to be black in urban American (""in the world i


Click for more detail about African Sleeping Sickness: Stories and Poems by Wanda Coleman African Sleeping Sickness: Stories and Poems

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Oct 01, 1990)
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Coleman is one of the decade’s most moral poets, showing us in feverishly focused first- and third-person dramatic monologues the grim life of L.A.’s streets. It’s impossible to paraphrase her colloquial, dynamic style: ""where I live / the li


Click for more detail about A War of Eyes by Wanda Coleman A War of Eyes

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Apr 01, 1988)
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Book by Coleman, Wanda


Click for more detail about Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems and Stories, 1968-1986 by Wanda Coleman Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems and Stories, 1968-1986

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Aug 01, 1987)
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Poet Wanda Coleman provides a how-to manual, revealing some immediate ways not only to ""fix a bad man hex"" or ""do dirty better,"" but to keep one’s dream-light burning amid the aching rush of dark and anxious times. These poems and stories re


Click for more detail about Mad Dog, Black Lady by Wanda Coleman Mad Dog, Black Lady

by Wanda Coleman
Black Sparrow (Jun 01, 1979)
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This is the first book of poetry of Wanda Coleman, a freelance writer from Los Angeles who has published more than 20 books and was a 2005 finalist for California Poet Laureate. The poems are politically aware, darkly humorous, sensual and i




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