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Click for more detail about My Studio: Poems by Clarence Major My Studio: Poems

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 09, 2018)
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Renowned poet and painter Clarence Major examines the world through the lens of his art studio in this new collection of poems. Both humorous and serious, deeply felt and spontaneous, the collection begins and ends in his studio, with the poems in between exploring how art can shape one’s perception of the physical world and more imagined considerations of Emily Dickinson, opera, beauty, romance, and the natural world, “where all the parts coalesce / into a cohesive whole.”


Click for more detail about Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans by Karen Celestan Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans

by Karen Celestan
Louisiana State University Press (Feb 26, 2018)
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Freedom’s Dance provides a photographic and textual overview of the social, aid and pleasure club (SAPC) parade culture in New Orleans, tracking its origins in African traditions and subsequent development in Black New Orleans culture. Containing over 175 photographs by Eric Waters, Freedom’s Dance offers the first complete look at the SAPC Second Line tradition, ranging from ideological approaches to the contributions of musicians, development of specific rituals by various clubs, and parade accessories such as elaborately decorated fans and sashes. Karen Celestan’s vibrant text is supplemented with interviews by Valentine Pierce and other longtime culture-bearers such as Oliver “Squirk” Hunter, Lois Andrews (mother of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and James Andrews), Fred Johnson, Gregory Davis, and Lionel Batiste, while interdisciplinary essays by leading scholars detail the rituals, historic perspective, and purpose of the Second Line. Freedom’s Dance defines this unique public-private culture and captures every aspect of the Second Line, from SAPC members’ rollicking introductions at their annual parade to a funeral procession on its way to the crypt.


Click for more detail about Approaching the Fields: Poems by Chanda Feldman Approaching the Fields: Poems

by Chanda Feldman
Louisiana State University Press (Feb 05, 2018)
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In a cadence reminiscent of old gospel rhythms rising from deeper reflections on the evolution of self and culture, the poet evokes her memories of family and history, sans sentimentalism. With heartfelt precision, Feldman builds the book to its shining summit, a testimony to getting through to an understanding of what it is to stand in awe of an awareness of how love persists. Approaching the Fields is a beautifully crafted book of courage gone, courage now taking breath, and courage yet to come.—Afaa M. Weaver


Click for more detail about Faster Than Light: New And Selected Poems, 1996-2011 by Marilyn Nelson Faster Than Light: New And Selected Poems, 1996-2011

by Marilyn Nelson
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 12, 2012)
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Conjuring numerous voices and characters across oceans and centuries, Faster Than Light explores widely disparate experiences through the lens of traditional poetic forms. This volume contains a selection of Marilyn Nelson’s new and uncollected poems as well as work from each of her lyric histories of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century African American individuals and communities.Poems include the stories of historical figures like Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy lynched in 1955, and the inhabitants of Seneca Village, an African American community razed in 1857 for the creation of Central Park. "Bivouac in a Storm" tells the story of a group of young soldiers, later known as the Tuskegee Airmen, as they trained near Biloxi, Mississippi, "marching in summer heat / thick as blackstrap molasses, under trees / haunted by whippings." Later pieces range from the poet’s travels in Africa, Europe, and Polynesia, to poems written in collaboration with Father Jacques de Foiard Brown, a former Benedictine monk and the subject of Nelson’s playful fictional fantasy sequence, "Adventure-Monk!" Both personal and historical, these poems remain grounded in everyday details but reach toward spiritual and moral truths.


Click for more detail about Myself Painting: Poems by Clarence Major Myself Painting: Poems

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 01, 2008)
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In Myself Painting Clarence Major seeks to recreate for readers the inexpressible feeling that comes from creating art with poems that speak not of painting itself, but of its underlying process. Major incorporates the techniques of paintingparticularly that of Post-Expressionisminto his verse, describing scenery with an artist’s eye and using form and color to evokes striking images.


Click for more detail about The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two by Jay Wright The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two

by Jay Wright
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 01, 2007)
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In The Guide Signs, acclaimed poet Jay Wright closes a movement he opened with his first book, The Homecoming Singer, in 1971, a movement that takes its design from the ancient people of Mali. Wright continued this theme in subsequent works, all gathered in Transfigurations: Collected Poems, whose eight books represent the eight master signs. The two books of The Guide Signs represent the primordial Nommo twins. All together, these ten books, as the ten earlier signs taken from the complete signs of the world, provide the base for the soul and life force given to everything. Wright encourages the reader to participate in weaving the fragile and fragmentary fabric of experience, and to do what Horace Silver encourages his listeners to do?get down in the music with us.


Click for more detail about The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America by Walter C. Rucker The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America

by Walter C. Rucker
Louisiana State University Press (Jan 01, 2006)
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The River Flows On is an impressively broad study of slave resistance in America, spanning the colonial and antebellum eras in both the North and South and covering all forms of recalcitrance, from major revolts and rebellions to everyday acts of disobedience. Walter C. Rucker analyzes American slave resistance with a keen understanding of its African influences while he also traces the emergence of an "African American" identity, orientation, consciousness, and culture. Rucker identifies African ethnic enclaves throughout the original thirteen colonies that produced unique modes of resistance, but he also points to the shared cultural heritage that facilitated collective action among both African- and American-born slaves. The ubiquitous belief in conjure and spiritual forces, the importance of martial dance and the drum, and ideas about the afterlife and transmigration all served as cultural bridges and fostered a sense of solidarity among slaves. Focusing on the role of African cultural and sociopolitical forces, Rucker gives in-depth attention to the 1712 New York City revolt, the 1739 Stono rebellion in South Carolina, the 1741 New York conspiracy, Gabriel Prosser’s 1800 Richmond slave plot, and Denmark Vesey’s 1822 Charleston scheme. He concludes with Nat Turner’s 1831 revolt in Southampton, Virginia, which bore the marks of both conjure and Christianity, reflecting a new, African American consciousness.


Click for more detail about Such Was the Season (Voices of the South) by Clarence Major Such Was the Season (Voices of the South)

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Apr 01, 2003)
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Such Was the Season is the story of an eventful week in the life of an elderly matriarch of a large black family in Atlanta. Annie Eliza narrates the story of "a killer diller" week, with the homecoming of her nephew, Adam "Juneboy" North, a doctor at Yale who has been gone for more than twenty-five years. Following her nephew’s arrival Annie Eliza’s daughter-in-law declares her intention to run for a seat in the state senate, which is soon disrupted by the threat of scandal involving someone close to her.


Click for more detail about Transfigurations: Collected Poems by Jay Wright Transfigurations: Collected Poems

by Jay Wright
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 01, 2000)
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Poet and playwright Jay Wright has received numerous awards, including the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Lifetime Achievement, the L. L. Winship/PEN Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 62nd Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets. A MacArthur Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wright lives in Vermont.


Click for more detail about Elegy for Etheridge: Poems by Pinkie Gordon Lane Elegy for Etheridge: Poems

by Pinkie Gordon Lane
Louisiana State University Press (Apr 01, 2000)
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For this collection of poems, the author quietly observes the panorama of life that surrounds us all, writing of family and friends, trees and owls, the exploitation of women on welfare, and the devestation of the natural environment.


Click for more detail about The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Nelson The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems

by Marilyn Nelson
Louisiana State University Press (May 01, 1997)
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In The Fields of Praise, Marilyn Nelson claims as subjects the life of the spirit, the vicissitudes of love, and the African American experience and arranges them as white pebbles marking our common journey toward a "monstrous love / that wants to make the world right." Nelson is a poet of stunning power, able to bring alive the most rarified and subtle of experiences. A slave destined to become a minister preaches sermons of heartrending eloquence and wisdom to a mule. An old woman scrubbing over a washtub receives a personal revelation of what Emancipation means: "So this is freedom: the peace of hours like these." Memories of the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen in the face of aerial combat abroad and virulent racism at home bring a speaker to the sudden awareness of herself as the daughter "of a thousand proud fathers."


Click for more detail about Girl at the Window: Poems by Pinkie Gordon Lane Girl at the Window: Poems

by Pinkie Gordon Lane
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 01, 1991)
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Click for more detail about The Homeplace: Poems by Marilyn Nelson The Homeplace: Poems

by Marilyn Nelson
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 01, 1990)
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A fine softcover copy. Inscribed by the poet. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Not ex-library. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Poetry; Signed by Author. ’ 0807116416. ISBN/EAN: 9780807116418. Inventory No: 012322.


Click for more detail about Blues Don’t Change by Al Young Blues Don’t Change

by Al Young
Louisiana State University Press (Jul 01, 1982)
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