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Concentrate : : Poems

Taylor, Courtney Faye. Book - 2022 811.6 Ta, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Plays & Poetry / Taylor, Courtney Faye 2 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 0 out of 5

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Call Number: 811.6 Ta, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Plays & Poetry / Taylor, Courtney Faye
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"Winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths"--Title page.
Introduction/ Rachel Eliza Griffiths -- "So far" -- Arizona? -- A thin obsidian life is heaving on a time limit you set -- The phenomenon of withholding -- Four memorials -- Citrus visiting me with cruelty -- Paradise.
". . .Taylor delivers a layered elegy for Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old Black girl killed by a Korean shopkeeper in 1992 during an uprising in response to the police beating of Rodney King. Harlins's death is symbolic for all murders of Black people, but Taylor carefully examines the event's particulars. Some of the collection's multimedia elements include photographs taken at the site of Empire liquor store, now a Numero Uno Market, and outside of Harlins's school. Taylor vividly recalls being told about Harlins with language as incendiary as it is haunting: "And when I found her name, fear had me/ rip a switch from its yard. Fear had me/ creased over a knee to be depleted." She relays the knowledge of racial injustice: "This horror was first told to me when I entered my body, so as I settle in unsettling skin, I book a room inside her absence." Taylor brilliantly illustrates the shadows that hang over Black life in America, but also the joys, such as the elders who educate and protect the younger generations, and also nurture and fiercely love them. . ."--Publisher marketing


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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2022]
Year Published: 2022
Description: 125 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Griffiths, Rachel Eliza,

Harlins, Latasha.
Rodney King Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1992 -- Poetry.
Murder -- Poetry.
Shoplifting -- Poetry.
Girls, Black -- Poetry.
Women, Black -- Poetry.
Racism -- Poetry.
White nationalism -- Poetry.