The Racial Imaginary

Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind

Author: Claudia Rankine,Beth Loffreda,Max King Cap

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781934200797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 7366

Frank, fearless letters from poets of all colors, genders, classes about the material conditions under which their art is made.

The End of the Alphabet

Author: Claudia Rankine

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802116345

Category: Poetry

Page: 100

View: 3385

A Jamaican-born poet's collection of poetry about the people closest to her and about the United States, the country she now calls home

Letters to America

Contemporary American Poetry on Race

Author: Jim Daniels

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814325421

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

View: 1618

Letters to America features the work of poets who have had the courage to write about race with honesty and passion. Speakign from the experience of Black, Native American, Asian, Arabic, Indian, Hispanic, and white culture, their diverse voices unite in a dialogue of poems which acknowledge and celebrate our differences while exploring America’s shameful history of racial intolerance. The poets in this anthology include Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Bukowski, Joy Harjo, Langstong Hughes, Sharon Olds, James Wright, Etheridge Knight, Gary Soto, Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Audre Lorde, David Ignatwo, and others.

A Sense of Regard

Essays on Poetry and Race

Author: Laura McCullough

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820347612

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 305

View: 492

"McCullough has collected the voices of living poets and scholars in thoughtful and considered exfoliation of the confluence of poetry and race in our time: the difficulties, the nuances, the unexamined, the feared, the questions, and the quarrels across aesthetic camps and biases. The book brings together essays by a range of writers and academics whose work varies in style from personal accounts and lyrical essays to challenging criticisms. McCullough believes this approach allows for more avenues and angles of exploration on this complex topic. She has also strived to be as inclusive as possible, to reach past the black/white perception of race and offer essays from numerous racial backgrounds. The anthology covers many issues that cross racial and ethnic borders and is divided into sections based on these issues: Americanism, the experience of unsilencing and crossing borders, interrogating whiteness, and language itself"--

Citizen

An American Lyric

Author: Claudia Rankine

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 1555973485

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

View: 8723

* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry * * Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award * ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, NPR. Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Slate, Time Out New York, Vulture, Refinery 29, and many more . . . A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.

The Poetry of the Americas

From Good Neighbors to Countercultures

Author: Harris Feinsod

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190682000

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 8150

"This book narrates exchanges between English- and Spanish-language poets in the American hemisphere from the late 1930s through the rise of the 1960s. It doing so, it contributes to a crucial current of humanistic inquiry: the effort to write a cosmopolitan literary history adequate to the age of globalization. Building on correspondence and manuscripts from collections in Europe and the Americas, the book first traces the material contours of an evolving literary network that exceeds the conventional model of "the two Americas." These relations depend on changing contexts: an era of state-sponsored transnationalism, from the wartime intensification of Good Neighbor diplomacy, to the Cold War cultural policy programs of the Alliance for Progress in the 1960s; a prosperous market for translations of Latin American poetry in the US; and a growing alternative print sphere of bilingual vanguard journals such as El Corno Emplumado (Mexico City, 1962-1969). As the book articulates these histories of exchange, it also theorizes how poets employ the resources of language to transform popular images of the hemisphere from a locus of political conflict into a venue of supranational cultural citizenship. Feinsod describes how inter-Americanism was enacted through diplomatic structures of literary address, multilingual writing, and appeals to a shared indigenous heritage through the genre of the meditation on ruins. By tracing the coevolution of midcentury poetry with the geopolitics of the hemisphere, the book expands existing literary histories of the period through revelatory comparative readings supported by archival findings"--

Renegade Poetics

Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry

Author: Evie Shockley

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 1609380584

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 2521

Beginning with a deceptively simple question—What do we mean when we designate behaviors, values, or forms of expression as “black”?—Evie Shockley’s Renegade Poetics separates what we think we know about black aesthetics from the more complex and nuanced possibilities the concept has long encompassed. The study reminds us, first, that even among the radicalized young poets and theorists who associated themselves with the Black Arts Movement that began in the mid-1960s, the contours of black aesthetics were deeply contested and, second, that debates about the relationship between aesthetics and politics for African American artists continue into the twenty-first century. Shockley argues that a rigid notion of black aesthetics commonly circulates that is little more than a caricature of the concept. She sees the Black Aesthetic as influencing not only African American poets and their poetic production, but also, through its shaping of criteria and values, the reception of their work. Taking as its starting point the young BAM artists’ and activists’ insistence upon the interconnectedness of culture and politics, this study delineates how African American poets—in particular, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Harryette Mullen, Anne Spencer, Ed Roberson, and Will Alexander—generate formally innovative responses to their various historical and cultural contexts. Out of her readings, Shockley eloquently builds a case for redefining black aesthetics descriptively, to account for nearly a century of efforts by African American poets and critics to name and tackle issues of racial identity and self-determination. In the process, she resituates innovative poetry that has been dismissed, marginalized, or misread because its experiments were not “recognizably black”—or, in relation to the avant-garde tradition, because they were.

Don't Let Me Be Lonely

An American Lyric

Author: Claudia Rankine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780141984179

Category:

Page: 192

View: 2254

"Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizenso distinctive- an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, photography and visual art, virtuosically deployed. Don't Let Me Be Lonelyis Rankine's meditation on the self bewildered by race riots, terrorism, medicated depression and television's ubiquitous influence. Written during George W. Bush's presidency in an America still reeling from the 9/11 attacks and charging headlong into war in Iraq, this is an early 21st-century work of great wit, intelligence and depth of feeling, with urgent lessons for the present."

Losing Matt Shepard

Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder

Author: Beth Loffreda

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231118597

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 4564

Explores why the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, set off a media frenzy and continues to haunt the nation, and examines how the politics of sexuality unfolded in the small town.

Break Every Rule

Essays on Language, Longing, & Moments of Desire

Author: Carole Maso

Publisher: Taylor & Francis US

ISBN: 9781582430638

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 191

View: 2122

In this groundbreaking work of ecstatic criticism, Carole Maso shows why she has risen, over the past fifteen years, as one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament. Ever refusing to be marginalized or categorized by genre, Maso is an incisive, compassionate writer who deems herself daughter of William Carlos Williams, a pioneer in combining poetry and fiction with criticism, journalism, and the visual arts. She is daughter, too, of Allen Ginsberg, who also came from Paterson, New Jersey. Known for her audacity, whether exploring language and memory or the development of the artistic soul, Maso here gives us a form-challenging collection, intelligent, and persuasive.

On the teaching of creative writing

responses to a series of questions

Author: Wallace Earle Stegner

Publisher: Dartmouth College

ISBN: 9780874518436

Category: Education

Page: 72

View: 2789

A concise, inspirational discourse by one of America's finest writers, on the difficulties, rewards, and importance of teaching creative writing.

The Belle Mar

Poems

Author: Katie Bickham

Publisher: Lsu Press

ISBN: 9780807160497

Category: Poetry

Page: 62

View: 2565

Katie Bickham's poems, set on a Louisiana plantation from 1811 through 2005, speak through the imagined voices of slaves, masters, mistresses, servants, and children. Focused on events that take place in a single room within the plantation home, Belle Mar, she offers an unflinching portrayal of the atrocities that form an undeniable part of Louisiana's history. The fully rounded characters she evokes allow readers to contemplate the social forces that shaped a slave-holding society and perpetuated injustices long after abolition. Tell me, Mother, how to remember you, what name to call you and what to absolve. Tell me how to live on this land. How many times must I scour and sun the long line of our lives until the water runs clean. -from "Parlor 2012"

Coachella

Author: Sheila Ortiz Taylor

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826318435

Category: Fiction

Page: 187

View: 7866

This desert mystery novel, set in Palm Springs in 1983, is from one of Chicana literature's finest writers.

Wasp Queen

Author: Claudia Cortese

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781625579607

Category: Poetry

Page: 90

View: 3411

Poetry. Women's Studies. "Claudia Cortese has given to Lucy what Anne Carson has given to Geryon: a life as desperate and fraught as our own, which is to say, a human rendition of the poetic potential. Here, memory is a potent point of inner excavation, where the threshold of danger and love are often one beam, a beam in which Cortese navigates with harrowingly deft eyes and ears, where Lucy, like so many of us citizens of earth and flesh, 'shines like a gun.' WASP QUEEN possesses something permanent and searing at its core: the will to live, even thrive, despite the shackles of childhood, despite even oneself. I finished this book only to read it all over again, finding and losing myself, gladly, at every turn." —Ocean Vuong

Little Fires Everywhere

Author: Celeste Ng

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735224293

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

View: 1282

"Traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives"--

I'm So Fine

A List of Famous Men & what I Had on : a Narrative

Author: Khadijah Queen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781936919468

Category: Fiction

Page: 73

View: 5636

Fiction. Young Adult Fiction. Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. Hybrid Genre. Part 1980s and 1990s nostalgia, part exuberant storytelling, I'M SO FINE: A LIST OF FAMOUS MEN & WHAT I HAD ON turns a sharply humorous magnifying glass onto gendered interactions in daily life, framed primarily by random celebrity encounters in Los Angeles. Far from a narrative of fame-chasing or conceit, however, I'M SO FINE breathlessly addresses what it means for a woman to fight for dignity and survival in an often hostile environment, to come into her own power as she decides what she wants for herself "& mostly gets its every fineness." "I'M SO FINE is an accumulation that is the feminine memory that has had enough. This book is strength, is a critique, is subversive, is a woman, a fist, an lol, an F.U., a refusal, a gaze back at the gaze, is inevitable freedom wearing a flowered dress Kente cloth bomber jacket red lipstick white jeans a velvet choker white platform sandals a black turtleneck electric blue column dress an eggshell blouse with a high collar & pearl buttons is wearing a powerful woman's body and mind."--Natalie Diaz

The Color of Sex

Whiteness, Heterosexuality, and the Fictions of White Supremacy

Author: Mason Stokes

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822326205

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 252

View: 6056

DIVReads white supremacist narratives in the context of Black and white literature at the turn of the century, with special attention to the interconnections between race and sexuality./div

The Trumpiad

Author: Cody Walker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904130857

Category:

Page: 32

View: 7881

The new U.S. president may not like to read books, but for everyone else, there's Cody Walker's The Trumpiad, a blistering and hilarious take on America's political collapse. "Cody Walker is smart and funny. And this book is smart, funny, musical, and angry. I love this poetic takedown of the orange mess that we have as president. You'll love it, too, and you'll be supporting the ACLU."-Sherman Alexie.

All American Boys

Author: Jason Reynolds,Brendan Kiely

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1481463330

Category: JUVENILE FICTION

Page: 316

View: 5122

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.