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Spit back a boy : poems

Spit back a boy : poems

Author: Iain Haley Pollock
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, [2011] ©2011
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Iain Haley Pollock's poems cover the ground from a woman late to catfish supper to an ancient queen who howls, "Sea, you is ugly," from the creaking of slave ships launched from Lancaster to gunfire on a contemporary Philadelphia street. Such lyric moments find grounding in stories woven through this book--in one story line, a boy with a black mother and white father wishes he could shed his white skin or carve  Read more...
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Genre/Form: American poetry
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iain Haley Pollock
ISBN: 9780820339085 0820339083
OCLC Number: 687680286
Description: x, 78 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Rattla cain't hold me --
Port of origin : Lancaster --
Recessive gene --
Hart Crane as Jim Crow --
At River Rock Farm --
Chorus of X, the rescuers' mark --
Upon irremediable shores, those who never had time --
Frog --
Child of the sun --
Second line --
Longing as Hoppin John --
Oya in Old City --
Hard bop for poor boy --
Killadelphia --
Lieutenant, returned --
Snow in wartime --
On the porch, almost men --
Medusa of Libya --
Flight --
Confirmation --
King Biscuit time --
Appalachia --
My stove's in good condition --
Black Irish --
Shot & killed --
Blue note 53428 --
Burn pile --
And your young men shall see visions ... --
Queen of the lower ninth --
Northbound --
Camphor --
Diaspora remembers Guantanamo --
Eastern State penitentiary --
Looking glass is dead --
School-march, each day's festival --
Whale song --
Like a blind boy jumping from shed to shed --
(So tired of standing still we got to) move on --
Migratory habits --
Vertical hold --
Affection --
Ne me quitte pas --
Spring & the catkins --
Beth David Cemetery, Long Island.
Responsibility: by Iain Haley Pollock.


Even when these poems soften, they can't be complacent about good fortune: for all the maple seedpods and snow fluttering down here, the poems are always aware of wreckage and car bombs there, and  Read more...


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Beyond the bracing intelligence in these poems, beyond the surges of joy and trouble, beyond the poet's awe in this split second, he plunges with imagination into the timeless work of loving witness, Read more...

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