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"Monica Hand's me and Nina is a beautiful book by a soul survivor. In these poems she sings deep songs of violated intimacy and the hard work of repair. The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book."—Elizabeth Alexander

In an intimate conversation with the "High Priestess of Soul," Monica A. Hand surveys the places and moods of alienation through poems that are as musical and stylistically diverse as Nina Simone's work. Hand readily embraces a "mass hypnosis" style, putting "a spell on [us]" with her intensely passionate cries and commitment to embracing both tragedy and exuberance in these insightful poems.

From "Dear Nina":

I am not recession

depression

oppression

compression

crooked line

broken line

polka dot

parking lot

or spot

I am a Gift from God

I know that

I am an

un-kept

solo song

Monica A. Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow's Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

Synopsis:

Experimental, stylistically diverse, and musical, me and Nina reflects an intimate conversation between the author and Nina Simone.

About the Author

Monica Hand: Monica A Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, USA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sows Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canems First Decade and elsewhere. She holds a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882295906
Author:
Hand, Monica
Publisher:
Alice James Books
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Edition Description:
Paperback, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in

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