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One with Others: [A Little Book of Her Days]

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Awards

2010 National Book Critic's Circle Award for Poetry

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Honored in "Best Books of the Year" listings from The New Yorker, National Public Radio, Library Journal, and The Huffington Post.

"One With Others represents Wright's most audacious experiment yet."—The New Yorker

"[A] book . . . that defies description and discovers a powerful mode of its own."— National Public Radio

"[A] searing dissection of hate crimes and their malignant legacy."—Booklist

Today, Gentle Reader,

the sermon once again: "Segregation

After Death." Showers in the a.m.

The threat they say is moving from the east.

The sheriff's club says Not now. Not

nokindofhow. Not never. The children's

minds say Never waver. Air

fanned by a flock of hands in the old

funeral home where the meetings

were called [because Mrs. Oliver

owned it free and clear], and

that selfsame air, sanctified

and doomed, rent with racism, and

it percolates up from the soil itself . . .

In this National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines explosive incidents grounded in the Civil Rights Movement. In her signature style, Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, interviews, newspaper accounts, and personal memories—especially those of her incandescent mentor, Mrs. Vittitow—with the voices of witnesses, neighbors, police, and activists. This history leaps howling off the page.

C.D. Wright has published over a dozen works of poetry and prose. Among her honors are the Griffin Poetry Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship. She teaches at Brown University and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island.

Review:

"In 1969, a Tennessean known as 'Sweet Willie Wine' led a small group of African-American men on a 'walk against fear' through smalltown Arkansas. This event grounds Wright's most recent blending of poetry and investigative journalism. A tribute to Wright's mentor 'V' — an autodidact, activist, and bourbon-swilling mother of eight, whose support for the march ('I would have followed Sweet Willie Wine into hell') made her 'a disaffiliated member of her race'-- the book probes the limits and intersections of the personal and the political. Wright intersperses descriptions of the Arkansas landscape; her own journey researching; transcriptions from V, her family, and others who experienced the events of that violent summer; lists of prices ('the only sure thing in those days'); the weather ('temperatures in the 90s even after a shower'), newspaper headlines; and personal memories. Through juxtaposition and repetition, she weaves a compelling, disturbing, and often beautiful tapestry that at once questions the ability of language to get at the complicated truth of history ('because the warp is everywhere'), and underscores the ethical imperative to try. As Wright learns from V, 'To act, just to act. That was the glorious thing.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award winner.

Synopsis:

Poetry. Investigative journalism is the poet's realm when C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident from the Civil Rights movement. Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, newspaper accounts, and personal memoriesespecially those of her incandescent mentor, Mrs. Vititowwith the voices of witnesses, neighbors, police, activists, and black students who were rounded up and detained in an empty public swimming pool. This history leaps howling off the page

Synopsis:

C.D. Wright examines a racist event in her native Arkansas and creates a layered, nuanced, and riveting tribute to V. Investigative journalism is the poet's realm when C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident from the Civil Rights movement. Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, newspaper accounts, and personal memories--especially those of her incandescent mentor, Mrs. Vititow--with the voices of witnesses, neighbors, police, activists, and black students who were rounded up and detained in an empty public swimming pool. This history leaps howling off the page.

About the Author

C.D. Wright: C.D. Wright has published over a dozen works of poetry and prose, including the recent volumes One With Others, which was nominated for a National Book Award, One Big Self: An Investigation, and Rising Falling Hovering. Among her many honors are the Robert Creeley Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. She teaches at Brown University and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556593888
Author:
Wright, C. D.
Publisher:
Copper Canyon Press
Location:
S.l. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa, central
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Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Subject:
Feature films.
Subject:
Adventure films.
Subject:
Africa, Central Discovery and exploration Drama.
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
170
Dimensions:
9.5 x 7.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1969, a Tennessean known as 'Sweet Willie Wine' led a small group of African-American men on a 'walk against fear' through smalltown Arkansas. This event grounds Wright's most recent blending of poetry and investigative journalism. A tribute to Wright's mentor 'V' — an autodidact, activist, and bourbon-swilling mother of eight, whose support for the march ('I would have followed Sweet Willie Wine into hell') made her 'a disaffiliated member of her race'-- the book probes the limits and intersections of the personal and the political. Wright intersperses descriptions of the Arkansas landscape; her own journey researching; transcriptions from V, her family, and others who experienced the events of that violent summer; lists of prices ('the only sure thing in those days'); the weather ('temperatures in the 90s even after a shower'), newspaper headlines; and personal memories. Through juxtaposition and repetition, she weaves a compelling, disturbing, and often beautiful tapestry that at once questions the ability of language to get at the complicated truth of history ('because the warp is everywhere'), and underscores the ethical imperative to try. As Wright learns from V, 'To act, just to act. That was the glorious thing.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
A National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award winner.
"Synopsis" by , Poetry. Investigative journalism is the poet's realm when C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident from the Civil Rights movement. Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, newspaper accounts, and personal memoriesespecially those of her incandescent mentor, Mrs. Vititowwith the voices of witnesses, neighbors, police, activists, and black students who were rounded up and detained in an empty public swimming pool. This history leaps howling off the page
"Synopsis" by , C.D. Wright examines a racist event in her native Arkansas and creates a layered, nuanced, and riveting tribute to V. Investigative journalism is the poet's realm when C.D. Wright returns to her native Arkansas and examines an explosive incident from the Civil Rights movement. Wright interweaves oral histories, hymns, lists, newspaper accounts, and personal memories--especially those of her incandescent mentor, Mrs. Vititow--with the voices of witnesses, neighbors, police, activists, and black students who were rounded up and detained in an empty public swimming pool. This history leaps howling off the page.
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