Red Beans and Ricely Yours

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These narrative poems celebrate the day-to-day lives of Black New Orleans and the rare magic in the culture. Vibrant with local history and color, these poems have a black sensibility that reaches beyond boundaries, with folk sayings turned into polished verse. From Black talk to verse forms, Saloy never loses sight of the African American cultural roots of her community.
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Overview

These narrative poems celebrate the day-to-day lives of Black New Orleans and the rare magic in the culture. Vibrant with local history and color, these poems have a black sensibility that reaches beyond boundaries, with folk sayings turned into polished verse. From Black talk to verse forms, Saloy never loses sight of the African American cultural roots of her community.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931112543
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: New Odyssey Series
  • Pages: 106
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Word works 3
Back on the block 6
This poem is for you my sister 8
My mother's the daughter of a slave 11
For Frank Fitch 12
Southern sisters 14
Frontliners 15
Louisiana log 17
A few words on my words 19
I had forgotten the loud 20
Shotgun life I : home 23
Shotgun life II : sonnet 25
Shotgun life III : today 26
Shotgun life IV : section 8, 2003 28
Shotgun life V : rembering D 29
Shotgun life VI : roots, 200 years, Louisiana Purchase 30
Shotgun life VII : old school, circa 1960 31
Nat King Cole babies and black Mona Lisas 35
My Creole daddy I 39
Daddy's philosophy II 41
Daddy poem III : New Orleans then 42
Daddy poem IV 44
For daddy V 45
On my block 47
Heritage 48
Parochial product 49
My cousin my brother 50
French market morning 52
French market friend 53
Recycling neighborhood style 55
Villanelle for voodoo 57
The ballad of Maric LaVeau 58
The last mile 62
A taste of New Orleans in haiku 66
Summer in New Orleans 68
On writing 69
This afternoon ... 73
Email : hey now 74
Distant lover poem 75
When we ... 76
The first 30 days 77
Charm fails death 78
Deuces running wild 79
Telling poem 80
Like Langston Hughes did 82
Song for elder sisters 85
Mother with me on Canal Street, New Orleans 87
For my brothers 89
Jim Crow 91
End notes 93
The N word 95
We've come this far 100
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