• Literary Criticism

The Racial Imaginary

Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind
Author: Claudia Rankine,Beth Loffreda,Max King Cap
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781934200797
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 285
View: 1331
Frank, fearless letters from poets of all colors, genders, classes about the material conditions under which their art is made.

    • Poetry

The End of the Alphabet

Author: Claudia Rankine
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 0802198538
Category: Poetry
Page: 96
View: 3893
These poems — intrepid, obsessive, and erotic — tell the story of a woman's attempt to overcome despair. Claudia Rankine, whose first collection was the prize-winning Nothing in Nature is Private, creates a transfixing testimonial to a woman facing her own disease. Drawing on voices from Jane Eyre to Lady MacBeth, Rankine welds the cerebral and the spiritual, the sensual and the grotesque, courting paradox into the center of her voice.

    • Literary Criticism

Letters to America

Contemporary American Poetry on Race
Author: Jim Daniels
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814325421
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 230
View: 3359
Letters to America features the work of poets who have had the courage to write about race with honesty and passion. Speakign from the experience of Black, Native American, Asian, Arabic, Indian, Hispanic, and white culture, their diverse voices unite in a dialogue of poems which acknowledge and celebrate our differences while exploring America’s shameful history of racial intolerance. The poets in this anthology include Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Bukowski, Joy Harjo, Langstong Hughes, Sharon Olds, James Wright, Etheridge Knight, Gary Soto, Garrett Kaoru Hongo, Audre Lorde, David Ignatwo, and others.

    • Literary Criticism

The Poetry of the Americas

From Good Neighbors to Countercultures
Author: Harris Feinsod
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190682000
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 416
View: 3588
"This book narrates exchanges between English- and Spanish-language poets in the American hemisphere from the late 1930s through the rise of the 1960s. It doing so, it contributes to a crucial current of humanistic inquiry: the effort to write a cosmopolitan literary history adequate to the age of globalization. Building on correspondence and manuscripts from collections in Europe and the Americas, the book first traces the material contours of an evolving literary network that exceeds the conventional model of "the two Americas." These relations depend on changing contexts: an era of state-sponsored transnationalism, from the wartime intensification of Good Neighbor diplomacy, to the Cold War cultural policy programs of the Alliance for Progress in the 1960s; a prosperous market for translations of Latin American poetry in the US; and a growing alternative print sphere of bilingual vanguard journals such as El Corno Emplumado (Mexico City, 1962-1969). As the book articulates these histories of exchange, it also theorizes how poets employ the resources of language to transform popular images of the hemisphere from a locus of political conflict into a venue of supranational cultural citizenship. Feinsod describes how inter-Americanism was enacted through diplomatic structures of literary address, multilingual writing, and appeals to a shared indigenous heritage through the genre of the meditation on ruins. By tracing the coevolution of midcentury poetry with the geopolitics of the hemisphere, the book expands existing literary histories of the period through revelatory comparative readings supported by archival findings"--

    • Literary Collections


An American Lyric
Author: Claudia Rankine
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 1555973485
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 160
View: 8095
* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry * * Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award * ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, NPR. Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Slate, Time Out New York, Vulture, Refinery 29, and many more . . . A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named "post-race" society.

    • Poetry

Nothing in Nature is Private

Author: Claudia Rankine
Publisher: Cleveland St U Poetry Cntr
ISBN: 9781880834091
Category: Poetry
Page: 76
View: 2836

Don't Let Me Be Lonely

An American Lyric
Author: Claudia Rankine
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780141984179
Page: 192
View: 8073
"Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizenso distinctive- an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, photography and visual art, virtuosically deployed. Don't Let Me Be Lonelyis Rankine's meditation on the self bewildered by race riots, terrorism, medicated depression and television's ubiquitous influence. Written during George W. Bush's presidency in an America still reeling from the 9/11 attacks and charging headlong into war in Iraq, this is an early 21st-century work of great wit, intelligence and depth of feeling, with urgent lessons for the present."

    • Poetry


Author: Claudia Rankine
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802198525
Category: Poetry
Page: 96
View: 9061
Her third collection of poetry, Claudia Rankine's Plot is original and enchanting, and the language, as in her acclaimed The End of the Alphabet, never ceases to startle and confront. Plot is a postmodern dialogue about pregnancy and childbirth. Liv, the expectant mother, and her husband, Erland, find themselves propelled into one of our most basic plots -- boy loves girl, girl gets pregnant. Liv's respect for life, however, makes her reluctant to bring a new life into the world. The couple's electrifying journey is charted through dreams, conversations, and reflections. A text like no other, it crosses genres, existing at times in poetry, at times in dialogue and prose, in order to arrive at new life and baby Ersatz. This stunning, avant-garde performance enacts what it means to be human, and to invest in humanity.

    • Drama

The White Card

A Play
Author: Claudia Rankine
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 155597886X
Category: Drama
Page: 96
View: 4754
A play about the imagined fault line between black and white lives by Claudia Rankine, the author of Citizen The White Card stages a conversation that is both informed and derailed by the black/white American drama. The scenes in this one-act play, for all the characters’ disagreements, stalemates, and seeming impasses, explore what happens if one is willing to stay in the room when it is painful to bear the pressure to listen and the obligation to respond. —from the introduction by Claudia Rankine Claudia Rankine’s first published play, The White Card, poses the essential question: Can American society progress if whiteness remains invisible? Composed of two scenes, the play opens with a dinner party thrown by Virginia and Charles, an influential Manhattan couple, for the up-and-coming artist Charlotte. Their conversation about art and representations of race spirals toward the devastation of Virginia and Charles’s intentions. One year later, the second scene brings Charlotte and Charles into the artist’s studio, and their confrontation raises both the stakes and the questions of what—and who—is actually on display. Rankine’s The White Card is a moving and revelatory distillation of racial divisions as experienced in the white spaces of the living room, the art gallery, the theater, and the imagination itself.

    • Education

On the teaching of creative writing

responses to a series of questions
Author: Wallace Earle Stegner
Publisher: Dartmouth College
ISBN: 9780874518436
Category: Education
Page: 72
View: 6979
A concise, inspirational discourse by one of America's finest writers, on the difficulties, rewards, and importance of teaching creative writing.

    • Fiction


Author: Sheila Ortiz Taylor
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826318435
Category: Fiction
Page: 187
View: 2444
This desert mystery novel, set in Palm Springs in 1983, is from one of Chicana literature's finest writers.

    • Poetry

American Women Poets in the 21st Century

Where Lyric Meets Language
Author: Claudia Rankine,Juliana Spahr
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819574449
Category: Poetry
Page: 452
View: 670
Poetry in America is flourishing in this new millennium and asking serious questions of itself: Is writing marked by gender and if so, how? What does it mean to be experimental? How can lyric forms be authentic? This volume builds on the energetic tensions inherent in these questions, focusing on ten major American women poets whose collective work shows an incredible range of poetic practice. Each section of the book is devoted to a single poet and contains new poems; a brief "statement of poetics" by the poet herself in which she explores the forces — personal, aesthetic, political — informing her creative work; a critical essay on the poet's work; a biographical statement; and a bibliography listing works by and about the poet. Underscoring the dynamic give and take between poets and the culture at large, this anthology is indispensable for anyone interested in poetry, gender and the creative process. CONTRIBUTORS: Rae Armantrout, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Lucie Brock Broido, Jorie Graham, Barbara Guest, Lyn Hejinian, Brenda Hillman, Susan Howe, Ann Lauterbach, Harryette Mullen.

    • Literary Collections

Break Every Rule

Essays on Language, Longing, & Moments of Desire
Author: Carole Maso
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 191
View: 6221
In this groundbreaking work of ecstatic criticism, Carole Maso shows why she has risen, over the past fifteen years, as one of the brightest stars in the literary firmament. Ever refusing to be marginalized or categorized by genre, Maso is an incisive, compassionate writer who deems herself daughter of William Carlos Williams, a pioneer in combining poetry and fiction with criticism, journalism, and the visual arts. She is daughter, too, of Allen Ginsberg, who also came from Paterson, New Jersey. Known for her audacity, whether exploring language and memory or the development of the artistic soul, Maso here gives us a form-challenging collection, intelligent, and persuasive.

    • Poetry

The Belle Mar

Author: Katie Bickham
Publisher: Lsu Press
ISBN: 9780807160497
Category: Poetry
Page: 62
View: 4907
Katie Bickham's poems, set on a Louisiana plantation from 1811 through 2005, speak through the imagined voices of slaves, masters, mistresses, servants, and children. Focused on events that take place in a single room within the plantation home, Belle Mar, she offers an unflinching portrayal of the atrocities that form an undeniable part of Louisiana's history. The fully rounded characters she evokes allow readers to contemplate the social forces that shaped a slave-holding society and perpetuated injustices long after abolition. Tell me, Mother, how to remember you, what name to call you and what to absolve. Tell me how to live on this land. How many times must I scour and sun the long line of our lives until the water runs clean. -from "Parlor 2012"


All American Boys

Author: Jason Reynolds,Brendan Kiely
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481463330
Page: 316
View: 9334
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

    • Literary Criticism

Losing Matt Shepard

Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder
Author: Beth Loffreda
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231118597
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 160
View: 2215
Explores why the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, set off a media frenzy and continues to haunt the nation, and examines how the politics of sexuality unfolded in the small town.

Truth to Power

Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear
Author: Rita Dove,Joy Harjo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780998622002
Page: N.A
View: 2853
This Cutthroat anthology features poetry, fiction and nonfiction from one hundred sixteen U.S. writers responding to The Rhetoric of Hate and Fear. Contributors include Wendell Berry, Rita Dove, Joy Harjo, Martin Espada, Rick Bass, Marvin Bell, Patricia Smith, Linda Hogan, Garrett Hongo, Aliki Barnstone, Marilyn Kallet, Richard Jackson & others.

    • Literary Collections

The Color of Sex

Whiteness, Heterosexuality, and the Fictions of White Supremacy
Author: Mason Stokes
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822326205
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 252
View: 1980
DIVReads white supremacist narratives in the context of Black and white literature at the turn of the century, with special attention to the interconnections between race and sexuality./div

    • Poetry

Wasp Queen

Author: Claudia Cortese
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781625579607
Category: Poetry
Page: 90
View: 9927
Poetry. Women's Studies. "Claudia Cortese has given to Lucy what Anne Carson has given to Geryon: a life as desperate and fraught as our own, which is to say, a human rendition of the poetic potential. Here, memory is a potent point of inner excavation, where the threshold of danger and love are often one beam, a beam in which Cortese navigates with harrowingly deft eyes and ears, where Lucy, like so many of us citizens of earth and flesh, 'shines like a gun.' WASP QUEEN possesses something permanent and searing at its core: the will to live, even thrive, despite the shackles of childhood, despite even oneself. I finished this book only to read it all over again, finding and losing myself, gladly, at every turn." —Ocean Vuong

    • Art

Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts

Author: Aruna D'Souza
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781943263141
Category: Art
Page: 160
View: 9613
In 2017, the Whitney Biennial included a painting by a white artist, Dana Schutz, of the lynched body of a young black child, Emmett Till. In 1979, anger brewed over a show at New York's Artists Space entitled The Nigger Drawings. In 1969, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition Harlem on My Mind did not include a single work by a black artist. In all three cases, black artists and writers and their allies organized vigorous responses using the only forum available to them: public protest. Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts reflects on these three incidents in the long and troubled history of art and race in America. It lays bare how the art world--no less than the country at large--has persistently struggled with the politics of race, and the ways this struggle has influenced how museums, curators and artists wrestle with notions of free speech and the specter of censorship. Whitewalling takes a critical and intimate look at these three "acts" in the history of the American art scene and asks: when we speak of artistic freedom and the freedom of speech, who, exactly, is free to speak? Aruna D'Souza writes about modern and contemporary art, food and culture; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; how museums shape our views of each other and the world; and books. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, as well as in publications including the Wall Street Journal, ARTnews, Garage, Bookforum, Momus and Art Practical. D'Souza is the editor of the forthcoming Making it Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader.