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Click for more detail about Silverchest: Poems by Carl Phillips Silverchest: Poems

by Carl Phillips
New Beacon Books Ltd (Apr 02, 2013)
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"After / the afterlife, there’s an afterlife."In Silverchest, his twelfth book, Carl Phillips considers how our fears and excesses, the damage we cause both to others and to ourselves, intentional and not, can lead not only to a kind of wisdom but also to renewal, maybe even joy, if we’re willing to commit fully to a life in which "I love you / means what, exactly?" In poems shot through with his signature mix of eros, restless energy, and moral scrutiny, Phillips argues for the particular courage it takes to look at the self squarely?not with judgment but with understanding?and extend that self more honestly toward others. It’s a risk, there’s a lot to lose, but if it’s true that "we’ll drown anyway?why not / in color?"


Click for more detail about Get Down: Stories by Asali Solomon Get Down: Stories

by Asali Solomon
New Beacon Books Ltd (Oct 17, 2006)
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Asali Solomon’s characters are vivid misfits?a heathen at Jesus camp, a scheming prep-school student, a middle-aged mom pining for her salsa-dancing salad days, a scheming twentysomething virgin, a college stud in love with his weight-lifting partner, a lonely girl in love with a yellow dress. The kids in Get Down are trapped between their own good breeding and their burning desire to join the house party of sex, romance, and bad behavior that seems to be happening on some other block, down some other more dangerous street. The adults in Get Down are just trying to hold it together.
 Here is a debut that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. Set mostly in middle-class black Philadelphia during the crack and Reagan years, the stories in Get Down are antic, poignant, and utterly universal?they’ll bring back memories for anyone who has ever stood in the corner of a darkened school gym wondering whether to dance . . . or duck for cover. They announce a sparkling new talent, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose work has been featured in Vibe, Essence, and the anthology Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts.
Asali Solomon was born and raised in West Philadelphia. She received the Rona Jaffe Award for the stories in Get Down. She lives in Lexington, Virginia. Asali Solomon’s characters are vivid misfits?a heathen at Jesus camp, a scheming prep-school student, a middle-aged mom pining for her salsa-dancing salad days, a scheming twenty-something virgin, a college stud in love with his weight-lifting partner, a lonely girl in love with a yellow dress. The kids in Get Down are trapped between their own good breeding and their burning desire to join the house party of sex, romance, and bad behavior that seems to be happening on some other block, down some other more dangerous street. The adults in Get Down are just trying to hold it together. Here is a debut that will make you laugh and cringe in equal measure. Set mostly in middle-class black Philadelphia during the Reagan years, the stories in Get Down will bring back memories for anyone who has ever stood in the corner of a darkened school gym wondering whether to dance . . . or duck for cover. They announce a new talent, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose work has been featured in Vibe, Essence, and the anthology Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts. "Asali Solomon’s stories are luminous and touching and are an important contribution to the serious literature about the urban lives of black Americans. Solomon’s work is sensitively observed and should be applauded from the first words to the last."?Edward P. Jones, author of All Aunt Hagar’s Children "[A] funny mélange of characters in [this] sparkling debut collection."?Patrik Henry Bass,  Essence "Asali Solomon’s stories are luminous and touching and are an important contribution to the serious literature about the urban lives of black Americans. Solomon’s work is sensitively observed and should be applauded from the first words to the last."?Edward P. Jones, author of All Aunt Hagar’s Children "With a merciless eye and compassionate heart, Asali Solomon draws a nuanced world where pain and class and sex shimmer deceptively under perfectly pitched prose. There’s danger here?and, occasionally, the quiet surprise of redemption. Brava!"?Lorene Cary, author of Pride


Click for more detail about Examination Centre by Mervyn Morris Examination Centre

by Mervyn Morris
New Beacon Books Ltd (Jun 01, 1993)
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Click for more detail about Heartsease by Lorna Goodison Heartsease

by Lorna Goodison
New Beacon Books Ltd (Mar 01, 1989)
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Click for more detail about I am Becoming My Mother by Lorna Goodison I am Becoming My Mother

by Lorna Goodison
New Beacon Books Ltd (Jun 01, 1986)
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This is Lorna Goodison’s second book of poetry. The poems reveal a striving towardsan organic perception, an intensity of vision drawing on a fountain of striking poetic imagery.


Click for more detail about Shadow Boxing by Mervyn Morris Shadow Boxing

by Mervyn Morris
New Beacon Books Ltd (Jan 01, 1979)
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The Pond

by Mervyn Morris
New Beacon Books Ltd (Dec 01, 1973)
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