By Elizabeth Alexander

A quantity within the Poets on Poetry sequence, which collects serious works through modern poets, accumulating jointly the articles, interviews, and booklet stories wherein they've got articulated the poetics of a brand new generation.

Elizabeth Alexander is taken into account one of many country's such a lot talented modern poets, and the ebook of her essays in The Black Interior in 2004 demonstrated her as an astute critic and cultural commentator to boot. Arnold Rampersad has known as Alexander "one of the brightest stars in our literary sky . . . an exceptional, useful commentator at the American scene." during this new choice of her essays, stories, and interviews, Alexander back specializes in African American inventive creation, quite poetry, and the cultural contexts during which it truly is created and experienced.

The book's first part, "Black Arts 101," takes up the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sterling Brown, Lucille Clifton, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove (among others); artist Romare Bearden; dancer invoice T. Jones; and dramatist August Wilson. A moment part, "Black Feminist Thinking," offers enticing meditations starting from "My Grandmother's Hair" and "A Very brief historical past of Black girls and meals" to essays at the legacies of Toni Cade, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan. The collection's ultimate part, "Talking," contains interviews, a graduation address---"Black Graduation"---and the essay "Africa and the World."

Elizabeth Alexander bought a B.A. from Yale college, an M.A. from Boston college, and a Ph.D. in English from the college of Pennsylvania. She has released 4 books of poems: The Venus Hottentot (1990); Body of Life (1996); Antebellum Dream Book (2001); and, so much lately, American Sublime (2005), which was once certainly one of 3 finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her play, Diva Studies, used to be produced on the Yale tuition of Drama. She is shortly Professor of yankee and African American stories at Yale University.

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