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The Venus Hottentot: Poems

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Publisher Comments:

Elizabeth Alexander's highly praised first collection is available once again

I didn't want to write a poem that said "blackness

is," because we know better than anyone

that we are not one or ten or ten thousand things

Not one poem

-from "Today's News"

Originally published in 1990 to widespread acclaim, The Venus Hottentot introduces Elizabeth Alexander's vital poetic voice, distinguished even in this remarkable first book by its examination of history, gender, and race with an uncommon clarity and music. These poems range from personal memory to cultural history to human personae: John Coltrane, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and "The Venus Hottentot," a nineteenth-century African woman who was made into a carnival sideshow exhibit.

In language as vibrant within traditional forms as it is within improvisational lyrics, the poems in The Venus Hottentot demonstrate why Alexander is among our most dazzling and important contemporary poets and cultural critics.

"Alexander creates intellectual magic in poem after poem."

--The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1990 to widespread acclaim, "The Venus Hottentot introduces Elizabeth Alexander's vital poetic voice, distinguished even in this remarkable first book by its examination of history, gender, and race with an uncommon clarity and music. These poems range from personal memory to cultural history to human personae: John Coltrane, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and "The Venus Hottentot," a nineteenth-century African woman who was made into a carnival sideshow exhibit. In language as vibrant within traditional forms as it is within improvisational lyrics, the poems in "The Venus Hottentot demonstrate why Alexander is among our most dazzling and important contemporary poets and cultural critics.

About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Antebellum Dream Book. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555973926
Author:
Alexander, Elizabeth
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
8.53 x 5.29 x 0.215 in

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"Synopsis" by , Originally published in 1990 to widespread acclaim, "The Venus Hottentot introduces Elizabeth Alexander's vital poetic voice, distinguished even in this remarkable first book by its examination of history, gender, and race with an uncommon clarity and music. These poems range from personal memory to cultural history to human personae: John Coltrane, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and "The Venus Hottentot," a nineteenth-century African woman who was made into a carnival sideshow exhibit. In language as vibrant within traditional forms as it is within improvisational lyrics, the poems in "The Venus Hottentot demonstrate why Alexander is among our most dazzling and important contemporary poets and cultural critics.
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