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Power and possibility : essays, reviews, and interviews

Elizabeth Alexander (Author)
A volume in the Poets on Poetry series, which collects critical works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles, interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the poetics of a new generation. Elizabeth Alexander is considered one of the country's most gifted contemporary poets, and the publication of her essays in The Black Interior in 2004 established her as an astute critic and cultural commentator as well. Arnold Rampersad has called Alexander "one of the brightest stars in our literary sky ... a superb, invaluable commentator on the American scene." In this new collection of her essays, reviews, and interviews, Alexander again focuses on African American artistic production, particularly poetry, and the cultural contexts in which it is created and experienced. The book's first section, "Black Arts 101," takes up the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sterling Brown, Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove (among others); artist Romare Bearden; dancer Bill T. Jones; and dramatist August Wilson. A second section, "Black Feminist Thinking," provides engaging meditations ranging from "My Grandmother's Hair" and "A Very Short History of Black Women and Food" to essays on the legacies of Toni Cade, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan. The collection's final section, "Talking," includes interviews, a commencement address--"Black Graduation"--And the essay "Africa and the World."
Print Book, English, 2007
University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2007
188 pages ; 21 cm.
9780472099375, 9780472069378, 047209937X, 0472069373
I. Black Arts 101
Dunbar lives!
Sterling Brown: where academic meets vernacular
Ode to Miss Gwendolyn Brooks (ten small serenades)
The genius of Romare Bearden
Living in Americas: poems by Victor Hernández Cruz
The yellow house on the corner and beyond: Rita Dove on the edge of domesticity
The one who went before and showed the way: remembering August Wilson
Bill T. Jones still/here
II. Black Feminist Thinking
My grandmother's hair
"Imitations of Life"? a very short history of black women and food in popular iconography from Jemima to Oprah, or, when is a pancake not just a pancake?
Toni Cade's The Black Woman: An Anthology
"Coming Out Blackened and Whole": fragmentation and reintegration in Audre Lorde's Zami and The Cancer Journals
Black alive and looking straight at you: the legacy of June Jordan
Memory, community, voice
Kitchen table blues
III. Talking
A conversation with Deborah Keenan and Diane LeBlanc
Who is the self in language? / rooted in language: an interview with Meta DuEwa Jones
Black graduates' celebration
Africa and the World