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Hemming the Water

Hemming the Water

by Yona Harvey

Paperback(New Edition)

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Channeling the collection’s muse, jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, Hemming the Water speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that is constantly changing. Here the spiritual and the secular comingle in a “Fierce fragmentation, lonely tune.” Harvey inhabits, challenges, and explores the many facets of the female self—as daughter, mother, sister, wife, and artist. Every page is rich with Harvey’s rapturous music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935536321
Publisher: Four Way Books
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Series: Stahlecker Selections
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 88
Sales rank: 1,105,158
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

YONA HARVEY is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, and the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Table of Contents

THE GATE TO THE WATER • Sound - Part 1: Girl with Red Scarf • Blessing Blue Crabs • To Describe My Body Walking • Discovering Girdles • Rose Lassi • ALL MERCHANDISE SOLD AS IS: NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, EXCHANGES, GUARANTEES • Sound- • Chatterblue • Turquoise • Mother, Love • [Zodiac Suite] • SWIMMING LESSONS • Sound-Part 2: Hearing My Daughter’s Heartbeat the First Time Thumbelina, I Wrote a Song about You • Ocean Song • Hurricane • Even Disasters • “The Antelope as Document” • Schottelkotte • Report from the Daughter of a Blue Planet • Gingivitis, Notes on Fear • The Riot Inside Me • Communion with Mary Lou Williams • THE SHAPE THE WATER TAKES • Sound-Part 3 (Ostinato): All the World’s Wars Commence in the Head • Mary J. (Upswing) • Neruda • One Impression • Devil Music • Theory of the Unheld • Brilliance • Black Winged Stilt • Mediation on Your Escape • Open-Toed Shoes • The Shape Compassion Takes • In Toni Morrison’s Head • Sound-Part 4: Notes on Polyphony

What People are Saying About This

Toi Derricotte

“There is no rest in this extraordinary debut book by Yona Harvey. It is a book in which the devastation is still very much alive.”

Carol Muske-Dukes

“Hemming the Water . . . is something unheard of—never quite ‘seen’ before. It is original . . . we are spun into lyrical music, stunning ‘inscapes’ of language.”

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