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Black wings & blind angels : poems

by Sapphire, 1950-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3569.A63 B58 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3569.A63 B58 1999
A book of electrifying poems by the acclaimed author ofPush("Brutal . . . redemptive"--Newsweek) andAmerican Dreams("Her insights are precise, terrifying, and ultimately hopeful. She sings in many voices, and every one of them cries out for justice" --Dorothy Allison). Alive with the emotional honesty and intellectual force for which Sapphire has been admired as both a writer and a performance artist, these forty-seven poems take us into America's past and present, bearing testimony to the black experience in a country fragmented by war, racism, and urban and domestic violence. They tell the story of a search for the complicated spiritual path back to one's roots, a story of family, race, and self-transformation. A provocative book that astonishes by the power of its language.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sapphire became a semi-celebrity for the harsh poems of abuse and recovery in her first book, American Dreams; she then made waves for the huge advance on her novel Push. This second volume of verse finds her less aggressive, mixing her hostilities and anxieties with a newly bemused nostalgia. A long prose piece portrays God as a Samoan woman who greets Sapphire's abusive father in Heaven, explaining that he has been saved because he helped his daughter succeed: "You're dead Daddy and your girl she works for me, God." Where an older persona-poem had Sapphire speak with the voice of Tina Turner, a new one has her impersonating Michael Jackson, gloating, "I buy those old songs of John & Paul / & Ringo & sell 'em for dog food commercials. I am rich." The poet declares elsewhere "It is clear/ I was not cut out for bulldyking or prostitution now"; about a lover, she explains, "I am not four, his penis/ is not my father's. My father is dead, it's my life now." Among the free-verse persona poems Sapphire even strews a few sestinas. This isn't to say she's gone soft: as in Push, her compulsively consumable stories of trauma explore the far reaches of hell before coming up for air and angels. As if to remind us that she's still dangerous, one of the volume's central images is a so-called Indian wolf trap- a salt lick that hides a razor. These poems won't convert those who dislike Sapphire's work already, and they might alienate her fans; the undecided, however, may find more clarity here than in her earlier work, and thus more means for engagement. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African American lesbians -- Poetry.
African American women -- Poetry.
African Americans -- Poetry.
Race relations -- Poetry.
Publisher New York :Knopf :1999
Distributed by Random House,
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xii, 129 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0679446303
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