12 Books Published by Red Hen Press on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson Of Roanoke, VA, 1843, Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun by Percival Everett The Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson Of Roanoke, VA, 1843, Annotated From the Library of John C. Calhoun

by Percival Everett
Red Hen Press (Oct 09, 2018)
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Percival Everett’s A Book of Training by Colonel Hap Thompson, of Roanoke VA 1843, Annotated, from the library of John C. Calhoun, is poetry within the harsh confines of a mock historical document?a guidebook for the American slave owner. The collection features lists of instructions for buying, training, and punishing, equations for calculating present and future profits, and handwritten annotations affirming the brutal contents. A Book of Training lays bare the mechanics of the peculiar institution of slavery and challenges readers to place themselves in the uncomfortable vantage point of those who have bought and enslaved human beings.


Click for more detail about Testify by Douglas Manuel Testify

by Douglas Manuel
Red Hen Press (Apr 25, 2017)
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A brave, brilliant debut about the African-American experience in the American Midwest. A contemplation of race, masculinity, religion, and class, Testify in a very personal way confronts some of the most critical issues in today’s society. A book of elegiac ambivalence, Testify’s speaker often finds himself trapped between received binaries: black and white, ghetto and suburban, atheism and Catholicism. In many ways, this work is a Bildungsroman detailing the maturation of a black man raised in the crack-laden 1980s, with hip-hop, jazz, and blues as its soundtrack. Rendered with keen attention to the economic decline of the Midwest due to the departure of the automotive industry, this book portrays the speaker wrestling with his city’s demise, family relationships, interracial love, and notions of black masculinity. Never letting anyone, including the speaker, off the hook, Testify refuses sentimentality and didacticism and dwells in a space of uncertainty, where meaning and identity are messy, complicated, and multivalent.


Click for more detail about Patter by Douglas Kearney Patter

by Douglas Kearney
Red Hen Press (Mar 01, 2014)
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For a couple struggling with infertility, conception is a war against their bodies. Blood and death attend. But when the war is won, and life stares, hungry, in the parents faces, where does that violence, anxiety, and shame go? The poems in Patter re-imagine miscarriages as minstrel shows, magic tricks, and comic strips; set Darth Vader against Oedipus s dad in competition for Father of the Year; and interrogate the poet s family s stint on reality TV. In this, his third collection, award-winning poet Douglas Kearney doggedly worries the line between love and hate, showing how it bleeds itself into fatherhood. "


Click for more detail about But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise

by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
Red Hen Press (Mar 01, 2012)
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Winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise emerges at a time when science is discovering more and more about the mystical particles that make up our universe and our bodies. From tidal forces and prairie burns to ruminations on racial identity while standing at the foot of Mount Rushmore, these poems chart a travelogue through mental and physical landscapes and suggest that place, time, love, and bodies are all shifts in the u201cundulate cosmos.u201d Straddling the lyrical and experimental, these poems conjure and connect the cosmological, the carnal, and the personal in a country—and a universe—that is gobbling itself into oblivion. But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise is in love with the universe of language—its forms, its sounds, and even its static.


Click for more detail about There Are No Names for Red by Chris Abani There Are No Names for Red

by Chris Abani
Red Hen Press (Apr 01, 2010)
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There Are No Names for Red is a collaborative work featuring the poetry of Chris Abani and the paintings of Percival Everett.


Click for more detail about Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem by Mitchell L.H. Douglas Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem

by Mitchell L.H. Douglas
Red Hen Press (Feb 15, 2009)
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In the tradition of the Langton Hughes classic Montage of a Dream Deferred, Mitchell L. H. Douglas uses persona poetry to explore the personal and professional struggles of soul legend Donny Hathaway in his debut collection Cooling Board: a Long-Playing Poem. Evoking the sense of listening to a concept album, Douglas presents a narrative in two sides: side one focusing on Hathaway’s development as a young musician and subsequent rise to fame and side two bearing witness to the adversity that plagued his later years. Readers will see Hathaway as true to his family, true to his faith, and uncompromising in his quest for musical innovation.
In a nod to Hathaway’s legacy as a musical trailblazer, Douglas implements a significant poetic innovation in the format of the book. By including alternate versions or “takes” of poems throughout Cooling Board, the reader hears an echo of ideas that can be likened to an album with previously unreleased versions of popular songs. When the poems are revisited in alternate takes, new information emerges, and the reader is forced to consider new interpretations. Along the way, poems resembling liner notes and pop charts enhance the experience, never letting the reader forget that the heart of this ride is the music.
Above all, Douglas’ depiction of Hathaway gives readers the human side of a man who has remained a mystery in the 30 years since his death. Not only does the poet speak in the voices of Hathaway and his long-time collaborator Roberta Flack, the reader also hears the voices of those closest to Hathaway whom we are less familiar with: his mother, Drusella Huntley, his grandmother, Martha Crumwell?Hathaway’s earliest music teacher?and his wife, Eulaulah.
As the book’s first “Liner Notes” poem recognizes, “Cooling Board is about life lessons, the difficult things you don’t always get on the first take.” With Douglas as a guide versed in the power of possessing many tongues, Cooling Board captures its reader like the best Hathaway song: passionately, honestly, and with an undeniable sense of purpose.


Click for more detail about Fear, Some by Douglas Kearney Fear, Some

by Douglas Kearney
Red Hen Press (Aug 01, 2006)
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Stealing tropes from militancy to minstrelsy, Fear,some broadcasts from the slippery moments when personal, national, racial and aesthetic anxieties overlap. These poems seek to pressurize content ("At the Pink Teacup"), language ("Atomic Buckdance") and form (the Blaxploitation epic-remix, "(dig) Bloom is Boom, Sucka!") until they evoke suspicion, tension, fear and the laughter that rattles after the horrifyingly ridiculous.


Click for more detail about Wisteria: Poems From The Swamp Country by Kwame Dawes Wisteria: Poems From The Swamp Country

by Kwame Dawes
Red Hen Press (Jan 10, 2006)
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Here are the voices of women who lived through most of the twentieth century - teachers, beauticians, seamstresses, domestic workers and farming folk - unfold with the raw honesty of people who have waited for a long time to finally speak their mind. The poems move with the narrative force of stories long repeated but told with fresh emotion each time, with the lyrical depth of a blues threnody or a negro spiritual, and with the flame and shock of a prophet forced to speak the hardest truths.


Click for more detail about DOG WOMAN by Chris Abani DOG WOMAN

by Chris Abani
Red Hen Press (Sep 01, 2004)
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Click for more detail about DAPHNE’S LOT by Chris Abani DAPHNE’S LOT

by Chris Abani
Red Hen Press (Mar 01, 2003)
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The masterful wedding of the narrative and the lyric in these poems (whose subject is the maturation of a sensibility, the coming-of-age of a young Englishwoman — the power of her ties to family, husband and her "adopted" country, Nigeria — as well as the illumination of her own soul and that of the narrator’s) fills the reader with both sorrow and wonder. It is an instructive tale for our age — its vision of the individual will and imagination resisting the madness of politics and the destruction of war is singular and profound. (Description by Carol Muske-Dukes)


Click for more detail about The Darker Face of the Earth: Completely Revised Second Edition by Rita Dove The Darker Face of the Earth: Completely Revised Second Edition

by Rita Dove
Story Line Press (Jul 01, 1996)
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The Darker Face of the Earth, the first full-length play by Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, is an Oedipal tragedy of interracial love set on a plantation in pre-Civil War South Carolina. The play has enjoyed staged readings on Broadway and full stage productions at the Kennedy Center and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This completely revised second edition coincided with the 1996 world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Dramatic readings of The Darker Face of the Earth were initially staged on Broadway."Poet Laureate Dove has done an amazing thing…her placement of the tale of Oedipus within the context of slavery and its open secret of miscegenation is brilliant, potent, and repercussive."-Booklist (starred review)"…a brooding and in some ways shocking piece that mixes Greek and African mythology and dramatic communication to reveal the tragedy of slavery."-The Christian Science Monitor"The play not only reminds the audience of history’s relevance to the present day, but it also allows a deeper understanding of how slavery’s cost continues to exact its cruel payments…The Darker Face of the Earth is an important play."-World Literature Today"Dove has created a drama in which black and white Americans are bound together not only by the chains of history, and not only by the necessity of sharing this land, but by ties of blood and passion as well."-Detroit Free Press


Click for more detail about The Darker Face Of Earth: A Verse Play by Rita Dove The Darker Face Of Earth: A Verse Play

by Rita Dove
Story Line Press (Jun 01, 1994)
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The Darker Face of the Earth, a play by the poet laureate of the United States, creates a human drama of classical proportions. Behind the facade of antebellum Southern plantation life unfolds a mysterious tale of interracial love and strife, guilt and suffering, as both slave and master struggle against a fate that threatens to eclipse them altogether.