me and Nina

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"Monica Hand's me and Nina is a beautiful book by a soul survivor. In these poems she sings deep songs of violated intimacy and the hard work of repair. The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book."—Elizabeth Alexander

In an intimate conversation with the "High Priestess of Soul," Monica A. Hand surveys the places and moods of alienation ...

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Overview

"Monica Hand's me and Nina is a beautiful book by a soul survivor. In these poems she sings deep songs of violated intimacy and the hard work of repair. The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book."—Elizabeth Alexander

In an intimate conversation with the "High Priestess of Soul," Monica A. Hand surveys the places and moods of alienation through poems that are as musical and stylistically diverse as Nina Simone's work. Hand readily embraces a "mass hypnosis" style, putting "a spell on [us]" with her intensely passionate cries and commitment to embracing both tragedy and exuberance in these insightful poems.

From "Dear Nina":

I am not recession
depression
oppression
compression
crooked line
broken line
polka dot
parking lot
or spot

I am a Gift from God
I know that

I am an

un-kept
solo song

Monica A. Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow's Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This first poetry collection by Hand, a Cave Canem Fellow and 2010 winner of the publisher's Kenereth Gensler Award, gives readers poems in concert and communion with soul great Nina Simone—like "two souls in a duet." While Simone's songs are a fusion of gospel, pop, and classical music, Hand's poems are a fusion of free verse, blues, torch songs, and songs of the tortured, many with formal elements and many cases using her own original forms: "Traveling through us she found rage/ inside our breath, a seaquake." Both musician and poet are caught in a tangle of being talented and black in an America where Simone is "too dark and too blue" for classical music training and where, for Hand's narrator, even a black president doesn't help much. These poems deal with hard times, poverty, violence, the abuse of power, and abused dreams. Yet like a blues song—"Some truths some lies I'm telling you/ Some truths some lies I'm telling you"—there is some hope that something could change. VERDICT Highly recommended for all readers of contemporary poetry.—Karla Huston, Wisconsin Acad. of Sciences, Arts, & Letters, Madison
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882295906
  • Publisher: Alice James Books
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Monica Hand: Monica A Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, USA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and elsewhere. She holds a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

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