Begin with a Failed Body: Poems (Cave Canem Poetry Prize) (Paperback)

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This collection of poems begins rooted in the landscape of the U.S. South as it voices singular lives carved out of immediate and historical trauma. While these poems dwell in the body, often meditating on its frailty and desire, they also question the weight that literary, historical, and religious icons are expected to bear. Within the vast scope of this volume, the poems arc from a pig farmer's funeral to Georges de la Tour's paintings and Toni Morrison's Beloved. With an ear tuned to the lift and lilt of speech, they wring song from sorrow and plant in every dirge a seed of jubilation. Rich in clarity and decisive in her attention to image, Natalie J. Graham writes resonant, lush poetry.

About the Author

NATALIE GRAHAM is an associate professor of African American studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820351209
ISBN-10: 0820351202
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2017
Pages: 88
Language: English
Series: Cave Canem Poetry Prize