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American Sublime: Poems Paperback – September 22, 2005
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These poems are divided into four sections, I. American Blue, II. Ars Poetica, III. Amistad, and IV. American Sublime. Subjects are historical, experiential, thoughtful, illuminating and expressive in an assemblage of words which are sometimes so simple that it's hard to believe such a strong emotion is elicited. On the page, the ink is balanced.
From Ars Poetica #100: I Believe:
"Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,
overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way
to get from here to there.
Poetry (and now my voice is rising)
is not all love, love, love,
and I'm sorry the dog died.
Poetry (here I hear myself loudest)
is the human voice,
and are we not of interest to each other?"
These poems are Afro-American or African stories, but the instincts transcend our universal experiences. Read these and you will both learn and feel.