World Is Round: A Collection of Poems and Prose

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Poetry. African American Studies. Charged, visionary poems from Nikky Finney, published by InnerLight Publishing out of Atlanta, Georgia. "A poem, when it works, is a rolling realization of ideas and emotion that takes you somewhere you've never been. Nikky Finney does that for me. Every now and then, I find myself in a room with a stage and there she is, reading poems, pulling me out pf myself and bringing me home. THE WORLD IS ROUND opens all of my doors and windows and airs me out with a cold and truthful ...
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Poetry. African American Studies. Charged, visionary poems from Nikky Finney, published by InnerLight Publishing out of Atlanta, Georgia. "A poem, when it works, is a rolling realization of ideas and emotion that takes you somewhere you've never been. Nikky Finney does that for me. Every now and then, I find myself in a room with a stage and there she is, reading poems, pulling me out pf myself and bringing me home. THE WORLD IS ROUND opens all of my doors and windows and airs me out with a cold and truthful wind"--Walter Mosley. "It is 1963 and I am a Black girl / in the South. One thing is for certain: / I do not trust white men"-from "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780971489042
  • Publisher: InnerLight Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 110

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    An Interesting Concept

    Nikky Finney¿s ¿The World is Round¿ is a collection that is as thematically diverse as it is unique. The chronological order of each piece actually come together to tell a story. At the end of the day, the whole thing comes through as a memoir rather than a random collection of pieces. From the title piece, `The World is Round: The breast of the Garment Measured¿, which is essentially a pre-birth tale, through `Elephantine¿, which is like a childhood memoir, down to the final piece, `Charm¿ which almost reads like a farewell note, the whole structure of the book seems well thought out. Though slow in places, the whole package makes for a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    interesting read

    i got my first taste of nikky finney through this book. the themes of family and home seem to be ever present in this book; the imagery in most of her poems are what grabbed me and made me connect with it. her descriptions of her south carolina home made me reminisce about my own childhood home in rural va. i was put off by the sheer length of some of her poems (like coda, for instance). however, the feelings and memories other poems evoked made me like the book as a whole. best poems: 'mean nina', 'hurricane beulah', 'sign language', 'sex' and 'fishing among the learned'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    5 Star Poetry

    Nikky Finney¿s poetry truly steps beyond the boundaries of vivid imagery. In her words she is able to capture the truest emotions of human nature while making it seem that you are right beside her experiencing her words first hand. ¿The World is Round¿ is a great look into life¿s most important questions. She expresses thoughts on family in 'The New Medicine' and, 'Hurricane Beulah' and the relationship between present day African Americans and their ancestors in 'Shark Bite' and 'The New Cotton'. She goes on to write about love and sexuality in 'Sex' and 'The Turtle Suite Poems', and the struggle and duty of the poet in 'The Girlfriend¿s Train' and 'The Making of Paper'. From beginning to end the reader is certain to stay engaged. Nikky Finney is truly a most talented and most inspiring writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    The World is Round Indeed

    Nikky Finney¿s The World is Round deserves some literary distinction in the African-American poetry genre. Although her book has some confusion in some of its themes, it manages to set itself on an excellent course with such works ad Coda and Mean Nina. With such lines as ¿I am the only one awake to see the end/ For twenty years something or someone will come and lift me to the ceiling and back whenever it wishes/ I will come to know this as brown girl levitation¿, in Coda, Finney is easily able to cause her readers to levitate out of their settings and into her poem, due to her vivid description of the closeness of herself to her family and how they are all interconnected. We feel connected with her, as if she weren¿t speaking of their bodies being so close to hers on that small bed, but ours. Mean Nina, the poetic story of how a person¿s mean personality can forever evaporate when they become in a much more weakened and somewhat docile state, is also telling the story of the power and influence one person can have over others and how that inner power (as women) can be used for the greater good, or in Nina¿s case, the greater evil. The work that gave the most satisfaction to me to read in this collection was the short story entitled, Hurricane Beulah. Inspired by the memory of her grandmother, Finney is able to use descriptive language and realism to bring her readers along with her on a trip to the second-hand store and also give us visual images of her grandmother moving like a shark through the aisles, searching for her prey, found in a dress that is slightly worn at the hems, probably discarded in a flighty huff by its previous owner. Finney is able to give us these images and we are able to make them our own, even transporting our own family into her words and causing them to radiate new meaning and also, new life. This is the adventure that Columbus took when he said ¿The world is round¿ and Finney takes us on just as similar a journey, where we discover that the world is round indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Awesome Writing!

    I got lost in the writing of Nikkey Finney! I enjoyed the characters throughout as they came to life. One of my favorite section is Hurricane Beulah, where she talks of her grandmother and the love that is so evident between them. The world is mine brought out emotions in me that were long buried, thanks for the resurrection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Nikky Finney

    I thought this particular collection of modern day poetry was well written. Nikky Finney's use of words had me feeling as though I connected with the the author. This book was very different from conventional poetry that I have read in the past. I personally recommend this book as an inspiration for anyone who has a true love for poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Hmmm! Words for the Soul!

    This is a form of outstanding writing that should not go unnoticed. The cool and vibrant history in the African-American struggle of identity through which these poems have been written is truly amazing by Finney. With poems like 'shark Bite, Frog Legs, and 'Ain't to Proud to Beg' these works become a meaningful treasure chest of Generation Y's future. A good read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    Book review

    In her new book of poetry and prose, The World is Round, Nikky Finney glimpses into the human ventures of birth, death, family, work, murder, sexuality, and worth. Each entry sheds a progressively brighter light on the book¿s overarching theme: the propensity of the universe to replace itself in continuous cycles. As we sadly read in ¿My Old Kentucky Home,¿ a poem about a black teenager¿s death by gang violence and his disengaged mourners, some of these cycles have self-destructive qualities. Another entry, Hurricane Beulah, considers familial cycles in the form of short story. We watch the author sit patiently in a Salvation Army store as her aging Grandmother Beulah wanders down every aisle. We¿re in the same room as the poet when her grandmother passes, and we understand their relationship. In the poem ¿Mean Nina,¿ recompense is presented as the cycle of justice, as Finney lies to a vegetating aunt, telling her that evil will not go unpunished. The World is Round is a celebration of the many facets of humanity. It is unique because it enlarges everyday occurrences and casts them onto the larger canvas of life.

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