Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

by Elizabeth Alexander


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The first career retrospective by the award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, now available in paperback

We crave radiance in this austere world,

light in the spiritual darkness.

Learning is the one perfect religion,

its path correct, narrow, certain, straight.

—from "Allegiance"

Over twenty years, Elizabeth Alexander has become one of America's most exciting and important poets, and her selection as the inaugural poet by President Barack Obama confirmed her place as one of the indispensable voices of our time. Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990–2010 gathers twenty pages of new poetry, along with generous selections from her previous work. The result is the definitive volume to date by this American master.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555976309
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 11/13/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 587,218
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander is the author of five previous books of poetry, including American Sublime, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and two books of essays, including The Black Interior. She is the chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University.

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