Heartwood

Heartwood

by Nikky Finney

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Overview

Deep in the center of every tree, you'll find the heartwood. The characters in this new book by poet Nikky Finney are the heartwood of their small Kentucky communities. You'll meet Buck Jones and Mae Bennet, whose anger has twisted them up inside, Queenie Sims and Arizona Scott, who can see the good in people, and Trina Sims and Jenny Bryan, two young women who discover how much they are alike despite their different skin color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813109107
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 09/25/1997
Series: New Books for New Readers , #10
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nikky Finney has been a faculty member at Cave Canem summer workshop for African American poets; a founding member of the Affrilachian Poets; poet and professor for twenty-three years at the University of Kentucky; and visiting professor at Berea and Smith Colleges. She won the PEN American Open Book Award in 1996 and the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts in South Carolina in 2016. She edited Black Poets Lean South, a Cave Canem anthology (2007) authored On Wings Made of Gauze (1985), Rice (1995), Heartwood (1997), The World Is Round (2003), and Head Off & Split, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Poetry. In her home state of South Carolina she involves herself in the day-to-day battles for truth and justice while also guiding both undergraduates and MFA students at the University of South Carolina where she is the John H. Bennett, Jr., Chair in Creative Writing and Southern Letters, with appointments in both the Department of English Language and Literature and the African American Studies Program. Finney's work, in book form and video, including her now legendary National Book Award acceptance speech, is on display in the inaugural exhibition of the African American Museum of History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry (2020) is her first poetry collection since winning the National Book Award in 2011.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
The Secret of Luketown
Queen Ida's Hair-Doing House of Waves
The Church of the Holy Whiteness
Promises to Keep
About the Author

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