by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor


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Arrival by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810135147
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 1,255,400
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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ARRIVAL: Poems 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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