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JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN

"The prodigiously talented Jeffery Renard Allen is without question
one of our most important writers." —Junot Diaz


 

 

PRAISE
"Poet, novelist and critic, Jeffery Renard Allen brings a number of characteristics to his first collection of poems. He adapts jazz and blues forms to lyric poetry and uses a variety of cultural sources to draw together materials that exist in a shared mythology. The result has the directness of an African-American Homeric hymn. Rich in musicality, Allen's work offers an extra-ordinary breadth of reference and discovery." 
Fantastic Fiction.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harbors & Spirits

harbors and spirits

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Jan 1999. 168 pp. Paperback. Asphodel Press.

 

CONTENTS

Ancient Songs
Ashe; In Memory Of Anthony Chisom, Died January 27, 1995
Backstreets
Beginnings
Caridad
Comes Around
Erzulie-red-eyes
Ewe
Eyes In The Water
Festival Of Corn And Tobacco
For Michael Griffith, Murdered Dec. 21, 1986, Howard Beach, N.y.
Garden
Glass
Grinding Names
Gu
Harbors And Spirits
Home
Jigue; For Public Enemy
Juba
Kaabaa; For Muhammad Ali
Lament
Mawu-lisa
Meat
Missionary Work
One More Mile
Osun
The Other
Oya; For Mae Henderson
Petro
Preview Of America: 1. For Wes Craven
Preview Of America: 2. For Toby Hopper
Preview Of America: 3. For Larry Cohen
Rada
Samedi's Return
Saturday Blues
Saws And Sayings
Shadowboxing; For Harriet Tubman
A Skeleton Is A Man Of Stone
Suicide Attempt
The Surgeon
Touched
Undervoicing; For Sarah Vaughan, Dead At 66
With It; For Miles Davis
Yipada
You Breathed The Cold From Me


 

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