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Publisher Comments:

From "Negro League Baseball":

Mother and Father and other frank nouns flow between freedoms in this stream of conscious dispersal. Rather than say they are musical say: They are music.

I mean we say we mean it

because it feels nice to mean

anything-- it feels childlike a newborn

lost in a beautiful cave on the way to

behavior--It feels and fields and home

and safe only saved, like a packet of foreign sugar

back pocket cafe good nigger swagger—wait.

Harmony Holiday was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1982. Her father was Northern Soul singer Jimmy Holiday. She is an MFA student at Columbia University.

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"Chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed, Holiday's debut is a rare event: in prose poems and in isolated lines, her long unruly sentences take in a mother's funeral, a tumultuous love affair, Mississippi family roots, Northern branches, and the partly improvised, often confrontational styles of advanced African-American music from be-bop and post-bop to hip-hop and whatever lies beyond. 'I do not believe in one polished vortex narrower at the core because I do not believe in anything yet,' she says, 'or before or future except that displacement has been one revolution meaning I turned around and said your name.' That part of one sentence gives Holiday's flavor at her most passionately direct, in one of 'these many languages I favor.' The New York poet (whose late father was a soul singer) also sports a mode of teenage defiance, giving loud voice to 'Us kids, us kids just learned to whistle/ The things we'd know were whistleblown.' Hers is an amorous world, full of puns, embracing opportunities, but also one where violence can pop up anywhere, making her 'proud of the things I favor, so sore from them.' Few poets move so fast; few promise so much so enticingly. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This prizewinning debut collection represents the fullness of “Thoughts on Fire” in living color, solid sound, barely arrested motion.

About the Author

Harmony Holiday was born in Waterloo, Iowa in 1982. Her father was Northern Soul singer and songwriter Jimmy Holiday; her mother, 30 years his junior, was studying writing at the University of Iowa at the time they met. Upon her fathers passing in 1987 Harmony moved to Los Angeles, where she spent most of her childhood studying dance before attending UC Berkeley. She currently lives in New York City, and is an MFA student at Columbia University and an instructor of dance and writing courses.

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ISBN:
9781934200421
Author:
Holiday, Harmony
Publisher:
Fence Books
Subject:
Poetry/African American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper and CD
Series:
Motherwell Prize
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
6 x 8 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Chaotic and mesmerizing, with sex, violence, music, history and semantics moving at breakneck speed, Holiday's debut is a rare event: in prose poems and in isolated lines, her long unruly sentences take in a mother's funeral, a tumultuous love affair, Mississippi family roots, Northern branches, and the partly improvised, often confrontational styles of advanced African-American music from be-bop and post-bop to hip-hop and whatever lies beyond. 'I do not believe in one polished vortex narrower at the core because I do not believe in anything yet,' she says, 'or before or future except that displacement has been one revolution meaning I turned around and said your name.' That part of one sentence gives Holiday's flavor at her most passionately direct, in one of 'these many languages I favor.' The New York poet (whose late father was a soul singer) also sports a mode of teenage defiance, giving loud voice to 'Us kids, us kids just learned to whistle/ The things we'd know were whistleblown.' Hers is an amorous world, full of puns, embracing opportunities, but also one where violence can pop up anywhere, making her 'proud of the things I favor, so sore from them.' Few poets move so fast; few promise so much so enticingly. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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This prizewinning debut collection represents the fullness of “Thoughts on Fire” in living color, solid sound, barely arrested motion.
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