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Dancing on Main Street
     

Dancing on Main Street

by Lorenzo Thomas
 

A major figure in the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the Umbra workshop, Lorenzo Thomas is one of the most heralded authors of his generation. Dancing on Main Street, Thomas’s long-awaited collection spanning many decades of his career, blends traditional lyricism with a surrealist’s touch and a realist’s eye. Together, these

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A major figure in the Black Arts Movement and a founding member of the Umbra workshop, Lorenzo Thomas is one of the most heralded authors of his generation. Dancing on Main Street, Thomas’s long-awaited collection spanning many decades of his career, blends traditional lyricism with a surrealist’s touch and a realist’s eye. Together, these poems form a cinematic look at the obsessions, -pleasures, trials, and tribulations of life on Main Street.

Lorenzo Thomas, who was born in Panama and grew up in New York City, is a poet, critic and professor of English at the University of Houston. His books of poetry include Chances Are Few, The Bathers and Sound Science. He is the recipient of two Poets Foundation awards and the Lucille Medwick Prize.

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Publishers Weekly
"Listen. This is modern times all over the world."This caustically modern, enticingly various and ironically titled collection is a very welcome major release from a poet and critic who too often has flown under the publishing radar. Once an East Coast poet affiliated with the Black Arts Movement, Thomas is now a professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. His debut Chances Are Few has just been reissued; this new book mixes "voices blending into stridency" with the icily affirmative attitudes of maturity, which he takes as one of his subjects: "The world has changed/ Manners your elders strapped you into/ Somehow have come unraveled in your hands." Other poems concern the war in Vietnam, the history of the blues, the sights of East Texas, the structure of an extended family, public events (like the Amadou Diallo shooting) and, in one realistic series, marriage, love and sex. Casual, conversational lines combine the wide-open feel of the later New York School with Albert Ayler-like confident, architectural disharmonies in which "[t]he form of artifice destroys itself." Luckily, Thomas has kept records. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566891561
Publisher:
Coffee House Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
130
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Lorenzo Thomas is an internationally acclaimed poet, critic, and professor of English at the University of Houston. Born in Panama, Thomas became a founding member of the Umbra workshop and an important part of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s. His books of poetry include Chances are Few, The Bathers, and Sound Science. He is the recipient of two Poets Foundation awards and the Lucille Medwick Prize.

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