Begin with a Failed Body: Poems by Natalie GrahamBegin with a Failed Body: Poems by Natalie Graham

Begin with a Failed Body: Poems

byNatalie Graham

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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This collection of poems begins rooted in the landscape of the U.S. South as it voices singular lives carved out of immediate and historical trauma. While these poems dwell in the body, often meditating on its frailty and desire, they also question the weight that literary, historical, and religious icons are expected to bear. Within the vast scope of this volume, the poems arc from a pig farmer’s funeral to Georges de la Tour’s paintings and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. With an ear tuned to the lift and lilt of speech, they wring song from sorrow and plant in every dirge a seed of jubilation. Rich in clarity and decisive in her attention to image, Natalie J. Graham writes resonant, lush poetry.
Natalie J. Graham is an associate professor of African American studies at California State University, Fullerton.
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Title:Begin with a Failed Body: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 8.46 × 5.52 × 0.07 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820351202

ISBN - 13:9780820351209

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Poems that speak both to the richness and ruin of history and teem with all that is earthy and corporeal. - Julia Bouwsma - Poetry Northwest