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In the tradition of Alice Walker, this electrifying new African American voice delivers the verdict on the urban condition in a sensual, propulsive, and prophetic book of poetry and prose.

Whether she is writing about an enraged teenager gone "wilding" in Central Park, fifteen-year-old Latasha Harlins gunned down by a Korean grocer, or a brutalized child who grows up to escape her probable fate through the miracle of art, Sapphire's vision in this collection of poetry and prose is unswervingly honest.

"Stunning . . . . One of the strongest debut collections of the '90s."--Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

In the tradition of Alice Walker, an electrifying new African American voice delivers the verdict on the urban condition in a sensual, propulsive, and prophetic book of poetry and prose. "Stunning . . . . One of the strongest debut collections of the '90s."--Publishers Weekly.

About the Author

Sapphire is the author of American Dreams, a collection of poetry which was cited by Publishers Weekly as, "One of the strongest debut collections of the nineties." Push, her novel, won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award, and, in Great Britain, the Mind Book of the Year Award. Push was named by the Village Voice and Time Out New York as one of the top ten books of 1996. Push was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction. About her most recent book of poetry Poet's and Writer's Magazine wrote, "With her soul on the line in each verse, her latest collection, Black Wings & Blind Angels, retains Sapphire's incendiary power to win hearts and singe minds."

 

Sapphire's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Black Scholar, Spin, and Bomb. In February of 2007 Arizona State University presented PUSHing Boundaries, PUSHing Art: A Symposium on the Works of Sapphire. Sapphire's work has been translated into eleven languages and has been adapted for stage in the United States and Europe. Precious, the film adaption of her novel, recently won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards in the U.S. dramatic competition at Sundance (2009).

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Beriah, January 2, 2007 (view all comments by Beriah)
While it is true that Sapphire is not writing anything unknown, it is also true that what she is writing is extremely personal. Her voice and her poetic honesty are a rare beauty. One gets the sense--that is hard to locate in contemporaries--that Sapphire wrote these poems for herself, regardless of audience or publication. Truth is beauty and beauty truth!
The title poem "American Dreams" is a bold revitalization of its predesessors i.e. Ginsberg's "America." If Sapphire is remembered for nothing else I hope this single gem of a poem becomes cannonical!
Reviews seem to be very mixed, but love her or hate her you should definately READ this stellar poet!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679767992
Author:
Sapphire
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry (collections)
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Afro-American lesbians -- Literary collections.
Subject:
American - African American
Subject:
African American lesbians
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Subject:
poetry;queer;feminism;fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
no. 6332
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.4 in 0.38 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of Alice Walker, an electrifying new African American voice delivers the verdict on the urban condition in a sensual, propulsive, and prophetic book of poetry and prose. "Stunning . . . . One of the strongest debut collections of the '90s."--Publishers Weekly.
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