In Every Seam

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The triumphant final poem 'Plenty' . . . is an implied rebuke to any possible misreading of her poems as limited to a poetics of identity, or rooted in the deprivations of history rather than the plenty and richness of her experience the will and ingenuity of her imagination and her strong poetic gift."--Women's Review of Books
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Overview

The triumphant final poem 'Plenty' . . . is an implied rebuke to any possible misreading of her poems as limited to a poetics of identity, or rooted in the deprivations of history rather than the plenty and richness of her experience the will and ingenuity of her imagination and her strong poetic gift."--Women's Review of Books
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“The poet's double vision, recalling the events of her life and framing them in history, as a large part of the strength of this book. . . . Throughout this book, Joseph presents the events of daily life both plainly and transcendently, as if to summon up the entire cultural setting in which they take place. . . . The triumphant final poem, ‘Plenty’ . . . . is an implied rebuke to any possible misreading of her poems as limited to a poetics of identity, or rooted in the deprivations of history rather than the plenty and richness of her experience, the will and ingenuity of her imagination and her strong poetic gift.”
Women's Review of Books

“These poems point to the strong materials needed to make ourselves whole in the modern world. They alert us to the seams we must tug at to see into ourselves.”
—Yusef Komunyakaa

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956419
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/1997
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Summers on Screvin 1
On Sidewalks, on Street Corners, as Girls 4
Traitor 6
Urban Games 9
Malice 11
Five and Dime 14
Playing Rough 17
Arts and Crafts 20
Barbie's Little Sister 23
Funny Pages 25
Fishing 28
Bribery 31
Artist-in-Residence 34
It's Tough to Be a Girl Scout in the City 37
My Father's Heroes 40
The Tenant 43
Day-Tripping 46
Motives 49
The Swimming Pool 52
Senora Williams 56
Life Science 59
The Art of Vallejo 62
Talking to Marilyn 65
Screen Test 68
Higher Education 71
Academic Instructions 74
The First Time 77
The White People Next Door 79
Express Lane 82
Aftermath 84
Plenty 86
Acknowledgments 89
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