Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyIn 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 JournalIn 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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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.