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The Other Side: Shorter Poems

Johnson, Angela

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ISBN 10: 0531301141 / ISBN 13: 9780531301142
Verlag: Orchard Books (NY)
Gebraucht Zustand: Very Good Hardcover
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Titel: The Other Side: Shorter Poems

Verlag: Orchard Books (NY)

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition

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A collection of poems reminiscent of growing up as an African-American girl in Shorter, Alabama.

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Decorated with blurred photographs from a family album, this touching collection focuses on the denizens of Shorter, Ala., a town that is due to be leveled because of "some big company wanting to make a dog track." The 14-year-old narrator returns at the bidding of her grandmother ("Come see your past before it's all/ dust, baby"), and her journey back is the impetus for a series of nostalgic poems that describe her experiences at various ages?a disastrous attempt at piano lessons, the smell of soap at the Wash-a-Teria, leaving the South for the Midwest. The swift, thumbnail character sketches are almost entirely devoid of metaphors?as if these family stories had been broken into line lengths to be read aloud like eloquent monologues (e.g., "Me and Kesha Cousins used to dance to hip-hop music/ in the woods"). The African American narrator's use of poetry to portray the townspeople gives the reader a sharply defined view of a disappearing childhood. Images of her great-great-grandmama ("a voodoo woman who knew potions./ All kinds"), the scar her uncle received when he tried to order from a lunch counter in Montgomery ("how terrible it was/ and how beautiful/ it made him"), her father's Vietnam nightmares ("he/ used to yell that he couldn't/ get the blood off")?all offer readers an unforgettable view of an insightful young woman growing up in the South. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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