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The essential Etheridge Knight

Author: Etheridge Knight
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©1986.
Series: Pitt poetry series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Knight's ear for the Black American idiom and experience is reflected in this collection of poems that provide a combination of love, anger, irony and sweetness. The bulk of these poems appeared in Born of a Woman.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Knight, Etheridge.
Essential Etheridge Knight.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©1986
(OCoLC)607777011
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Etheridge Knight
ISBN: 0822953781 9780822953784 0822935295 9780822935292
OCLC Number: 13396156
Awards: American Book Award, 1987
Description: 114 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Genesis. --
1. Hard Rock returns to prison from the hospital for the criminal insane --
Cell song --
He sees through stone --
The idea of ancestry --
On the yard --
A wasp woman visits a black junkie in prison --
Haiku --
For freckle-faced Gerald --
The warden said to me the other day --
My life, the quality of which --
A poem for black relocation centers. --
2. You are --
The violent space --
A poem for a certain lady on her 33rd birthday --
The stretching of the belly --
As you leave me --
No moon floods the memory of that night --
Upon your leaving --
Feeling fucked up --
Indiana haiku: Vigo County ; The penal farm ; Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis ; Indianapolis war memorial ; Harlem --
For Langston Hughes --
Welcome back, Mr. Knight : love of my life --
Another poem for me --
The bones of my father --
Evolutionary poem no. 1 --
Evolutionary poem no. 2. --
3. A poem for myself --
Report to the mother --
The sun came --
It was a funky deal --
Dark prophecy : I sing of shine --
For Malcolm, a year after --
A poem of attrition --
For black poets who think of suicide --
For Mary Ellen McAnally --
The keeping of a promise --
Ilu, the talking drum --
Poem for the liberation of southern Africa --
Television speaks --
On watching politicians perform at Martin Luther King's funeral. --
4. A fable --
Memo #9 --
Memo #32 --
Memo #2 --
Memo #5 --
Portrait of Mary --
My uncle is my honor and a guest in my house --
I and your eyes --
On the birth of a black/baby/boy --
Birthday poem --
Cop-out session --
A poem to Galway Kinnell --
Missouri haiku: Boone County ; Outside St. Louis ; Clay County ; Mizzu --
Indiana haiku: Riverside Park ; Indiana Avenue ; Indianapolis winter, 1973 --
We free singers be --
Talking in the woods with Karl Amorelli --
Boston 5:00 a.m., 10/74 --
A poem on the Middle East "peace process" --
Haiku 1 --
Memo #43 --
And tell me poet, can love exist in slavery? --
Green grass and yellow balloons --
Belly song --
Apology for apostasy? --
Con/tin/U/way/shun blues. --
5. On seeing the black male as #1 sex object in America --
Last words by "Slick" --
Haiku --
Genesis 11 --
Eat Helen B happy --
Various protestations from various people --
At a VA hospital in the middle of the United States of America : an act in a play --
On the projects playground --
Circling the daughter --
For a Brookline lady I love --
Once on a night in the delta : a report from hell --
A black poet leaps to his death --
Rehabilitation & treatment in the prisons of America.
Series Title: Pitt poetry series.
Other Titles: Poems.
Responsibility: Etheridge Knight.

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Knight's ear for the Black American idiom and experience is reflected in this collection of poems that provide a combination of love, anger, irony and sweetness. The bulk of these poems appeared in Born of a Woman.

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