by Oliver, Akilah.Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Coffee House Press, 2009.Description: 97 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781566892223.Subject(s): African American women -- Poetry | American poetry -- African American authors | Grief -- Poetry | Loss (Psychology) -- Poetry
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
"Don't expect sense from these poems, in which grief, politics, literary theory, and sexuality interweave. But do expect language surprise and beautiful metaphors. . . . When [Akilah] Oliver presents her experiences in metaphor-rich language, the reader feels what she feels: incredible loss, infinite pain."-- Library Journal
"An extraordinary gift for everyone."--Alice Notley
Written for her son, Oluchi McDonald (1982-2003), Akilah Oliver's poems incorporate prose, theory, and lyric performance into a powerful testimony of loss and longing. In their journey through the borderlands of sorrow, they grapple with violence, find expression in chants, and, like the graffiti she analyzes, become a place of public and artistic memorial. "If memory is the act of bearing witness," she writes, "then the dream is a friend driving us somewhere."
Akilah Oliver is the author of the she said dialogues , recipient of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she currently lives in Brooklyn and curates the Monday Night Reading Series at the Poetry Project.