To Us, All Flowers Are Roses: Poems

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Goodison's is an original voice in contemporary poetry, drawing on both African and European inheritances and reminding us that African heritages in the New World are not exclusively those of Americans, and that their Caribbean expression is a significantly different and relatively little known part of the African American experience. Her finely crafted poems often carry a sense of language's healing power in the face of the pain of the past.
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Overview

Goodison's is an original voice in contemporary poetry, drawing on both African and European inheritances and reminding us that African heritages in the New World are not exclusively those of Americans, and that their Caribbean expression is a significantly different and relatively little known part of the African American experience. Her finely crafted poems often carry a sense of language's healing power in the face of the pain of the past.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780252064593
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Illinois Poetry Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Missing the Mountains 1
October in the Kingdom of the Poor 2
Birth Stone 3
Mother, the Great Stones Got to Move 4
Coir 6
Elephant 9
Bag-a-Wire 10
Bun Down Cross Roads 11
Papacita 12
In City Gardens Grow No Roses as We Know Them 13
Songs of the Fruits and Sweets of Childhood 18
Outside the Gates 23
Concert 26
Annie Pengelly 27
Nayga Bikkle 32
Inna Calabash 35
Name Change: Morant Bay Uprising 37
Ground Doves 38
White Birds 39
From the Garden of the Women Once Fallen 40
Thyme 40
Of Bitterness Herbs 40
In the Time of Late-Blooming Pumpkins 41
The River Wanted Out 42
The Prophet Jeremiah Speaks 43
Speak of the Advent of New Light 45
Mysteries 46
From the Book of Local Miracles, Largely Unrecorded 48
The Lace Seller 50
The Woman Speaks to the Man Who Has Employed Her Son 51
Calling One Sweet Psalmist 53
Deep-Sea Diving 55
Some Things You Do Not Know about Me 57
In the Mountains of the Moon, Uganda 59
Of Used-Moon Stars 60
To the Creator of all Bodies of Water 61
O Africans 62
Morning, Morning Angel Mine 64
Bulls Bay, Lucea 66
To Us, All Flowers Are Roses 69
Trident 72
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