Renaissance

Overview

Renaissance, Ruth Forman's second collection, speaks of the timeless themes of family, death, love, and rebirth in the inimitable voice Booklist called 'sexy, bittersweet, funny, feisty, and real.' With poetry that conveys a defiant, enlivened spirit and has won her acclaim, Ruth Forman measures the losses and celebrates the future of a generation.
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Overview

Renaissance, Ruth Forman's second collection, speaks of the timeless themes of family, death, love, and rebirth in the inimitable voice Booklist called 'sexy, bittersweet, funny, feisty, and real.' With poetry that conveys a defiant, enlivened spirit and has won her acclaim, Ruth Forman measures the losses and celebrates the future of a generation.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Renaissance is the fulfillment of Forman's first book, We Are the Young Magicians. Hers is a commitment to the possibilities of life. Joy. Beauty (though terrible at times on this earth). What an impressive, rich song she sings.' -Sonia Sanchez

'Stunning and beautiful . . . incantatory language that heals; through references to writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the work builds a bridge for a new generation. These poems acknowledge some painful history, both personal and collective, but they lift us from that pain.' -Library Journal

Library Journal
Forman, who won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and appeared in the PBS series The United States of Poetry, offers her second book of poems. Stunning and beautiful, they use incantatory language that heals; through references to writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the work builds a bridge for a new generation. These poems acknowledge some painful history, both personal and collective, but they lift us from that pain with lines like "You are a healer.../...you will bring it to people/ French thyme and apple mint cherry roots blackberry leaves star/ apple words." Among the issues addressed are birth, healing, racism, black literary heritage, and abuse. Poems like "Church Y'all" celebrate language and cultural roots with the message "nothing necessary but our tongue and what we remember." For most collections.Ann K. van Buren, New York Univ.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807068410
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Blue Streak Series
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Forman is the 1992 grand prize winner of the Black History Month Marathon, sponsored by In the Company of Poets, and of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, for her previous book, We Are the Young Magicians. Her work has also been featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry, and published in book and CD form. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

We Walk 3
Abraham Got All the Stars n the Sand 4
Five 6
Ashley 7
Jus Enough to Keep On 8
Haiku 9
Igotasonginmahead 10
A Little Voice 11
Aye Nay 12
Who Got Ma Head While They Hand in Ma Pocket 14
Graduate School 16
Los Angeles 18
Young Black Question 20
Mother 23
Daughter 24
The Williams Side of the Family 25
Old Man Samuel 26
Sometime 28
Sing to Me Evenin 29
Aunt Thelma 30
National Treasures 31
Hand Me Your Palm 33
Reunion 34
Even If You Grab a Piece of Time 36
A Fable 37
Kin 38
These the Times to Be Strong 41
On This Day 42
I Will Go 44
Cancer 45
Strength 47
Why Did She Ask Me to Do This? 48
Homecoming 50
Risk 52
Wedding 53
Untitled 1 54
Momma Died When My Wisdom Teeth Come In 55
Lungs Don't Lie 56
My Home Looks for Me 57
Before I Leave My Doorstep to Mama's Grave 58
New Country 60
Come between My Knees Child 61
Let It Heal 63
To the Sea 67
Haiku Lost 68
Someone 69
Don't Try to Kiss Me into Shape 70
Eagle Woman 72
Untitled 2 74
I Could Let You Love Me 75
Like to Wake Up To 76
Sunday 78
I Will Show You 79
Give Me a Kiss 80
Even If I Was Cleopatra Jones 82
No Coast Guard 84
Be There for Me 85
What the Earth Said 87
What the Sky Said 90
What the Morning Said 91
Venus's Quilt 92
Friend 97
When I Saw You Braiding Yourselves 98
Church Y'all 100
Untitled 3 105
You Say My Words Not Mine 106
Tracle Double Dutch on the Tongue 107
Malawi Wind Son 110
Caught in a Hallway of My People 111
Healer 114
The Journey 116
Renaissance 119
Special Thanks 123
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