Amnesiac: Poems

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Poet, musician, scholar, and singer, Duriel E. Harris has written an amazing book. As Sterling Plumpp tells us, her work “is a twenty-first century literary text emerging out of the prism of race, gender, and social class. It is eloquently postmodern funk and intimately original.” She does this while telling us in poetry of extraordinarily high order an intimate, personal history, probing with her heart and intelligence into matters she has half passed over or forgotten. Perhaps Amnesiac is a term for tragic ...
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Overview

Poet, musician, scholar, and singer, Duriel E. Harris has written an amazing book. As Sterling Plumpp tells us, her work “is a twenty-first century literary text emerging out of the prism of race, gender, and social class. It is eloquently postmodern funk and intimately original.” She does this while telling us in poetry of extraordinarily high order an intimate, personal history, probing with her heart and intelligence into matters she has half passed over or forgotten. Perhaps Amnesiac is a term for tragic hero. In this case the tragic hero is a woman, a poet, and a singer.
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What People Are Saying

Nick Flynn
"Duriel Harris is a poet who pushes, lures, cajoles us into the uncharted, the uneasy, the unsettled. Wildly, thrillingly experimental, yet Amnesiac navigates not only the ether and the subterranean, but the ground where we all live."
Nick Flynn
“Duriel Harris is a poet who pushes, lures, cajoles us into the uncharted, the uneasy, the unsettled. Wildly, thrillingly experimental, yet Amnesiac navigates not only the ether and the subterranean, but the ground where we all live.”
Sterling Plumpp
Harris’ poetry is both “eloquently postmodern funk and intimately original”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931357746
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DURIEL E. HARRIS is the author of the poetry collection Drag, a multivocal symphony in five movements. An acclaimed poet, performance/sound artist and scholar, her work has been featured and published internationally. Harris holds degrees from Yale University and the Graduate Creative Writing Program at NYU, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. A co-founder of the Black Took Collective and member of Douglas Ewart and Inventions free jazz ensemble, she is an assistant professor of English and teaches creative writing and poetics at Illinois State University.
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Table of Contents

Sleep 1

Unfurled: The Pain-Body Speaks in Repose 2

Enduring Freedom: American Doxology 4

Defense 6

Academy of War 7

Amnesty 9

Phaneric Display No. 5: De Bottom ob de Sea 10

Wishing Well 12

from Recollections of My Early Life 14

specimen 15

speleology 17

self portrait: contusion 25

bliss: geophagy 26

self portrait: fractal 27

Jump Rope 28

Thritch 29

Malediction 30

self portrait at the millennium 32

After 33

Theology 34

"Pourmore formore PoMoFunk dunk, dun paramour" or Duriel's Bootybone Scattergram: scatty pas de quatre in one act 36

Visitation: Pain-Body 37

self portrait in desire 38

"to choose the cock" 39

Mine Tunnel 40

self portrait in relief 41

bad breast: self portrait as wire mother 42

Portrait: OfThee I Sing 43

Lazarus Minor 44

The Ascended Black (I) 45

The Ascended Black (II) 46

self portrait as negro girl 47

black hand side 49

Guillén, Nicolns 50

self portrait with sorrow song 63

When and Where |0| Enter 64

self portrait (with vial and corn tash) 66

self portrait with body 67

"there is no out" 68

Portrait 69

interval 70

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