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Finalist, 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize ARRIVAL is a poetic love story between mother and daughter. The poems are road maps, intertwining generations with a narrative beginning in 1950 with a woman who is pregnant with twins. In her seventh month she delivers a stillborn boy and a baby girl weighing less than two pounds. From there, the evocation of a series of catastrophic family events brings forth Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s power to strip her readers down to their most vulnerable. Boyce-Taylor is steeped in the narratives of Trinidad and New York City, colored with metaphorical stew-pot images. She revels in her lyrical range as she weaves these poetic retellings of family, place, and identity.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
CHERYL BOYCE-TAYLOR, Trinidad born and Queens bred, is a poet and visual and teaching artist. The author of two collections of poetry, Raw Air and Night When Moon Follows, and a recipient of a Partners in Writing grant, Boyce-Taylor served as poet-in-residence at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center in Brooklyn. Her poems have been anthologized in various publications, including Def Poetry Jam’s Bum Rush the Page, Poetry Nation, Rogue's Scholar, In Defense of Mumia, Bloom, Catch the Fire!!!, and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She is the recipient of the 2015 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award.
Table of Contents
<1>ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 10 <1>RIDING THE WORLD 12 Wild Sorrel 13 I Name Gyal 1. 16 Sugar 18 Zuihitsu On Eating Poems 19 Toco 22 Riding The World 24 <1>THAT AUGUST 25 Comets 26 Twin Brother Speaks/1950 28 That August 29 Birthmark 30 Loan 32 <1>I NAME GYAL 36 Who See She 37 Leaving Trinidad 39 Gone 40 Limes For The Journey 41 I Name Gyal 11. 44 The Sea At Marabella 45 Independence Day 47 Poodles And Sour Cream 48 I Name Gyal 111. 50 My Eyes So Much Like Hers 51 Knitting Lesson 53 Things I Do In The Dark 54 Hush The Call Of Names 57 <1>SPELL 59 Worship #160; 60 Husband 61 Blue Heart Zuihitsu 62 Spell 66 I Name Gyal 1V. 68 After The Storm 70 Tools 71 In This Pure Light 73 B. B. King's Revival 80 <1>ARRIVAL 82 The Red Bible 83 Arrival 84 Roy 86 Moonflower 87 <1>ABOUT THE AUTHOR 92
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