The burnings from which Coleman culls her work casts a glow and unique warmth that invites the reader to sit by her metaphorical hearth, to laugh and enjoy their “conversation.” The contemplative and philosophical have entered her voice as she continues to explore the conflicts and confusions that shape the aesthetic terrain of Southern California and beyond—as she continues to grapple with cultural bias, malignant domestic neglect, poverty, and the damages of racism, yet broadening her palette of social ills to include the privacies of grief, loss and transcendence. A nominee and finalist for Poet Laureate of California, she continues to reflect the ethnic scramble of Los Angeles, where she has been honored by proclamations from the city’s elected officials, including the mayor’s office, the city council and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
About the Author
Wanda Coleman is a poet and writer from Los Angeles, California. Her numerous poetry collections include Mercurochrome: New Poems, nominated for the National Book Award; Bathwater Wine, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Ostinato Vamps. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and an Emmy Award as a writer for Days of Our Lives.
Table of ContentsContents Poems I. Visitations and Sightings They Abandon the Search for Federico On Cleaning Up All These Ashes in the Sand Dolls (3) The Essential Flavors of the Finite Nothing to Take Back 1959 Greening Over Them Blues Winter Morning, Venice Beach, 2006 Red Toile Lets Call It Chicago Sassafras & Morphine Anthony Jerome Ashes Scatterd at Sea To the Chef's Widow—This Breaking of Bread Crossing Campus A Mutant Angel Speaks San Diego State of Mind Sangria Sangria New Love's Mastery Quasheba Essay on a Marriage O Soul Concealed Below Detroit Left at the Moon The Hives Where My Blues Done Gone II. Channelings Ouphe & Barghest Ode to a Lost Piece of Hose Ending the Arts by Parts 9/11, The Reznikoff Variation Port Aransas Second Hand Rosy Babe Footnote to an Unfinished Poem Nefertari Speaks What the Gin Rummy Queen Taught Me No Houdini Breakthrough Yet Footnote to an Unfinished Poem (2) Black Beans and Rice Tell It to the Walls Mom Coltrane's "Naima" Narrative Transmigrated by Himself Love Without Summers My Neruda Auguries (7) III. Bleatings Lioness White Pepper Unspoiled My Crowning Glory A Talk with My Grandson, Age Six Stagnation and Return Fear of Screaming Endless Mornings Spent in Nameless Rage Shitworker in GeneralL (2) Noise (3) Darkest Shadow of the Self The Warnings in a Mad Dog's Eyes The Blood this Morning Morning Again Dearest One I Followed My Dream Footnote to an Unfinished Poem (3) How We Differ: Quasheba to Eve Blacker than Black Orb Weaver The War of Wars Orb Weaver (2) What Littel I Know About Truth IV. Throbs Morning in Kentwood Espantalalepsis (4) Jimi Jam Ses Once Upon a Kiss—A Celebration The Jinn Abandoned Inside the Trap of Your Knowing The Hives (2) Yardwork Prelude to a Stroke One Man Acts Alone Against Death A Romantic Marriage The Crying Man Night Drives Going to Blazes My Own Private Resurrection Untitled The Mingus Effect Southerly Equinox Notes Acknowledgments