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The Black Maria

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781942683025
Author(s): Aracelis Girmay
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: BOA Editions, Limited
Dimensions: 152 x 13 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 120

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Praise for Aracelis Girmay: '[Girmay's] every loss--she calls them estrangements--is a yearning for connection across time and place; her every fragment is a bulwark against ruin.' --O, The Oprah Magazine 'In Aracelis Girmay we have a poet who collects, polishes, and shares stories with such brilliant invention, tenderness, and intellectual liveliness that it is understandable that we think of her as the blessed curator of our collective histories. There is in her art the vulnerability of one who lives inside of the stories that she gathers in this remarkable collection. Her poems set off alarms even as they transform the world she inhabits, showing us, in the process, exactly what she asks of Romare Bearden's art: ' not to // assign all blackness near the sea / a captivity.' This is one of the many sweet contradictions in the black maria, which 'is a black flag / wounding the pastoral.' I am deeply thankful that we have a poet of her unique and singular talent writing today.'
--Kwame Dawes Taking its name from the moon's dark plains, misidentified as seas by early astronomers, the black maria investigates African diasporic histories, the consequences of racism within American culture, and the question of human identity. Central to this project is a desire to recognize the lives of Eritrean refugees who have been made invisible by years of immigration crisis, refugee status, exile, and resulting statelessness. The recipient of a 2015 Wh
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