Smuk og holdbar And Then We Became by Major Devorah IIm7dF85

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  • 2013 Antal på lager


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Who are we humans with our differences and our personal histories mythologies and urgencies as well as our collective struggles and dreams? Why are we here?Questions of culture ethnicity and genderand the denial of those bordersinfuse these poems rich with social and political commentary and filled with compassion love anger and hope. Even while writing of one child one homeless person one soldier one war survivor devorah major connects these individual stories to a contemplation of humanity's place in the cosmos'Four sections of this long-awaited volume: spirit' 'other selves' fragile' whole' reveal a writer and life experiencer at the height of her poetic powers. Whenever I become too self-satisfied in intellectual games I find my heart upended by these impassioned verses of humanity and what it means to be fully alive and present. From 'nommo-how we come to speak' to 'war memories' this former San Francisco Poet Laureate and worldly cosmonaut handles politics war and love in equal measure as the best poets of the people do. Pablo Neruda. Bob Kaufman June Jordan. Wanda Coleman. Ears to the ground and eyes to the sky. bGiovanni Singleton/b'In iand then we became/i devorah major steps out of the way and allows creation to craft creation. The structures and paints of her descriptions have incredible range of effect: the ascension into the first history a free people teach the short story perceived through possession the melodic start-stop motion of a debilitated life the flash of your torturer s dream; all part of a collaged panoramic of spirit and flesh. She is at home in all dimensions of her subject. The voices of this work walk straight toward you holding out moments of violence lament beauty and invincibility for you to embrace offering a face to become your own.'bTongo Eisen-Martin/b author of iSomeone's Dead Already/i'devorah major remains one of our premier storytellers. She wraps myths and headlines family lore and visions in language that is both delicate and tough enticing us to dive in even though the poem she serves up may have dangerously sharp edges. Her poems eagerly call forth the African deities who give her voice as she wrestles with the mysteries of this plane from why a woman may want to be a soldier to how we learn to love. These poems are like prayers to which you return each night.'bJewelle Gomez/b author of iThe Gilda Stories/i and iName Poems/i'I hate to turn on the radio each morning where I hear that men haven't changed staying in office for generations and generally acting the fool. devorah major uses the many voices of women to explore a world that we know less about than the oceans of Enceladus. The great thing about devorah s book is that we can't interrupt as she rolls out the indictment poem by poem. bIshmael Reed/bbPraise for devorah major: /b'Musical and energetic major's work calls for a live voice to release its emotional power major s stance as community witness pulling hope from painful realities is compelling.'biPublishers Weekly/b/i The local the global the personal the political the intimate and the infinite all intersect and reflect one another in the mirrored imagery of devorah major s poetry major with her caring voice and quiet style make these caring poems stick. bAl Young/b Former Poet Laureate of California A visionary of hope with a heart big enough to embrace every neighborhood street and alley in this magical and poetical city. Here is a poet who shoots straight as Cupid s arrow. Zing

Right to the heart. bAlejandro Murguia/b San Francisco Poet Laureatebdevorah major/b poet novelist YA author and educator served as San Francisco's Poet Laureate from 20022006.'