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American Sublime - Elizabeth Alexander

Paperback

Published: 1st October 2005
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A brilliant new collection by Elizabeth Alexander, whose "poems bristle with the irresistible quality of a world seen fresh" (Rita Dove, The Washington Post)

Too many people have seen too much
and lived to tell, or not tell, or tell
with their silent, patterned bodies,
their glass eyes, gone legs, flower-printed flesh . . .
-from "Notes From"

In her fourth remarkable collection, Elizabeth Alexander voices the outcries, dreams, and histories of an African American tradition that goes back to the slave rebellion on the Amistad and to the artists' canvases of nineteenth-century America. In persona poems, historical narratives, jazz riffs, sonnets, elegies, and a sequence of ars poetica, American Sublime is Alexander's most vivid and varied collection and affirms her place as one of America's most lively and gifted writers.

"Alexander is an unusual thing, a sensualist of history, a romanticist of race. She weaves biography, history, experience, pop culture and dream. Her poems make the public and private dance together." --Chicago Tribune

"Alexander, an African American, explores tensions inherent in gender and race and expresses the ambivalence of motherhood in jazz-inflected tones." - ELLE "In narratives sweetened by the lyric pulse and pierced through by felicitous turns of irony, Alexander chronicles the world of 'black and tan'. Her poems bristle with the irresistible quality of a world seen fresh. Race is present in her poems in the way that sex, class, age, even weather are present in all of our lives." - The Washington Post "Alexander is an unusual thing, a sensualist of history, a romanticist of race. She weaves biography, history, experience, pop culture and dream. Her poems make the public and private dance together." - Chicago Tribune"

ISBN: 9781555974329
ISBN-10: 1555974325
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Graywolf Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 0.76
Weight (kg): 0.18