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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the poem ``Green Light and Gamma Ways,'' the poet sees the Statue of Liberty not as a symbol of freedom but as a ``minority,'' her skin the shade of a ``ridiculous Martian fable. And not a man. / Handicapped, disabled.'' In this challenging, heartfelt collection, Moss ( Pyramid of Bone ) refuses to accept things as they are--or, more appropriately, as our white, patriarchal society would have us see them. An acute combination of experience and imagination has given the poet a realistic vision, one forever scarred by the blows inflicted by a racist, sexist world. The nurturing love of women, on the other hand, is a cause for joy and hope. ``Mother's love triumphs,'' Moss declares. The inspiration of a grandmother is sensual as well as spiritual: ``Honeyed memory of my grandmother in /which I drench myself, pour over myself / one of her tight hugs.'' Moss's writing expertly simulates the processes of her fecund mind, with thoughts overlapping and veering off on tangents that bring us back, with fuller knowledge, to a poem's central concern. This volume was selected by Charles Simic as a winner of the 1990 National Poetry Series pk competition. (May)
Library Journal
In her fourth collection of poems, Moss again emerges as a fresh voice, a marvelous talent. Using intricately woven, well-crafted sentences, she writes accessible, sensual, feminist poems about pregnancy, bonding between women, and racial and ethnic identity. A strong thread of joy stitches these poems together--joy that survives urban decay, drug abuse, racism, sexism, death. And Moss teaches us its curriculum: ``How will we get used to joy if we won't hold onto it?'' she asks in the opening lines of a poem entitled ``The Rapture of Dry Ice Burning Off Skin as the Moment of the Soul's Apotheosis,'' which continues with a description of a buffalo stampede as intensely visual as the one seen in the film Dances with Wolves. Throughout the book there's a sense of hopefulness, of the poet's and our individual ability to survive, even to rejoice, in a very imperfect world. This volume was selected by Charles Simic as part of the National Poetry Series. Highly recommended for even the tiniest poetry collections.--Judy Clarence, California State Univ . , Hayward Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892551576
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1991
  • Series: National Poetry Series , #1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

I
Renewal at the Pediatric Hospice 3
All Is Not Lost When Dreams Are 5
The Rapture of Dry Ice Burning Off Skin as the Moment of the Soul's Apotheosis 6
God Bless Rita's Magic Hair 8
An Anointing 10
While Envying the Amish 12
Tornados 14
Highway 29: A Pedestrian's View 15
The Place That Makes Presidents 17
Detour: The Death of Agnes 19
Dennis's Sky Leopard 22
What Hung Above Our Heads Like Truce 24
Almost an Ode to the West Indian Manatee 26
The Nature of Morning 27
Poem for My Mothers and Other Makers of Asafetida 28
II
Birmingham Brown's Turn 33
Time for Praise 38
The Jonah Effect 40
Special Effects 42
Interpretation of a Poem by Frost 44
The Lynching 45
Preferable Truth 47
The Linoleum Rhumba 49
Green Light and Gamma Ways 51
Miss Liberty Loses Pageant 53
Longing to See a Nurturing Grave 55
News 56
The Warmth of Hot Chocolate 58
Dwarf Tossing 60
III
Congregations 63
Lynne's Poem: Reasons 68
Notes 70
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    Thylias Moss

    Thylias has many books with strong morals about many problems and racial conflicts. In this book in particular she illuminted the racial problems and the truth and her strong belief on racial conflicts.This collaboration of her poems is one of her best and if you haven't read it-you need to.

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