A collection of poetry by Allison Joseph.
About the Author
ALLISON JOSEPH was born in London, England, in 1967 to parents of Caribbean heritage. A graduate of Kenyon College and Indiana University, she currently teaches at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she serves as editor for Crab Orchard Review, and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer conference for high school writers. Imitation of Life is her fourth book of poems, following the publication of What Keeps Us Here (1992), Soul Train (1997), and In Every Seam (1997). Her awards include an Individual Artist's Fellowship in Poetry from the Illinois Art Council, fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers Conferences, and a literary award from the Illinois Arts Council.
Table of Contents
La Marqueta • Searching for Melinda's Magic Moment • The Black Santa • Questions About Toys • Translating My Parents • Double Dutch • Frying Hair • The Principal • Appetites • Bullies • Sleepaway Camp • Who You Calling Ugly? or When Black Ceased to be Beautiful Mrs. Gaither • What Friends Are For • School Lunches • What We Once Wore • Explaining Sex to the Seventh Grade • Fourteen • Music Appreciation • Anti-Prom • Supermercado • College Tour • Numbers • Cammie Cuts My Hair • Fellowship In the Spirit: On Seeing the Sounds of Blackness Perform, Riverfront Park • "Imitation of Life" • Shake Your Body • The World's Worst Jukebox • Goodbye, Chateau West Apartments and Townhomes • Salt • On Being Told I Don't Speak Like a Black Person • Incommunicado • Father Meets Satchmo in Heaven