Janice N. Harrington
- Title: Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone
- Author: Janice N. Harrington
- ISBN: 9781929918898
- Page: 262
- Format: Paperback
Memory and its embodiment in a colloquial, yet highly wrought musical language are what originally drew me to Harrington s manuscript and what continues to pull me back We learn the story of Lillian and Webster and their children and grandchildren, a black family living a hardscrabble life in the rural South than sixty years ago Set on the cusp of the Civil Rights Memory and its embodiment in a colloquial, yet highly wrought musical language are what originally drew me to Harrington s manuscript and what continues to pull me back We learn the story of Lillian and Webster and their children and grandchildren, a black family living a hardscrabble life in the rural South than sixty years ago Set on the cusp of the Civil Rights era, the poems chronicle a way of life that has long since vanished Elizabeth Spires, from the forewordJanice N Harrington is an award winning children s book author and a nationally recognized storyteller She works as a librarian in Champaign, Illinois.
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clothes will always seek dimension (21)stooped / beneath the day's hem (22)Webster sighs skeins / of cloth smoke (29)Believe the body / is a screen door (30)memory / has a fly's dumb enthusiasm (30)a hound keens / one long, longing vowel (36)believe the stars are bright beetles / tied to strings of light (41)spanning arms that make a human cradle (48)a rind of light (63)the lullaby of cows (68)garnets of juice (76)Mulatto: of mixed breed, from the Spanish for mule. / Anything that cannot reprodu [...]
The power of Janice Harrington's words lies in the sensory details that lead us easily inside the stories she tells. Harrington plays around with form and structure without ever losing sight of the people she is telling us about. It's very hard to pull lines out here as the poems need to be read together to fully grasp the context. They tell the story of a black family living in the south and follows their eventual migration north.
Wonderful collection of poetry. My favorite poems are ‘Turning’ which is about a child who ties a string to a June Bug leg, ‘They all Sang’ which shows various songs and mixes child’s rhymes (for example, Little Sally and London Bridge) within the poems and ’How We Lie in Grass’ from which comes the book’s title.
Some of the poems in this collection really resonate. The collection falls under the categories of feminist and African American literature. This is an area I usually don't seek out, but it was refreshing reading something outside of what I normally do.Check it out, it's worth the time.
I've actually misplaced this book. If you find my copy sitting around some where, please let me know.
Beautiful language tied to compelling narratives. My new favorite book of poems.
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