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Arc & Hue Paperback – September 1, 2009
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The poems in Tara Betts's debut collection, Arc and Hue, are a montage of identity politics, sexuality, music, and experiential knowledge. The joy of reading these poems is that it's the knowledge--yes, even more than the music-- that makes these poems sing. Irrespective of how familiar the scene may seem on the surface, whether the focus is a reverie on relationships--some familial, some romantic--or a projection of a subjunctive future, the acute attention to detail and keen point of view guides Betts' work to conclusions that surprise and illuminate. --A. Van Jordan, author of Quantum Lyrics
It's all here, all the nuances of body and voice, as bold and sensitive poetic attitude. How flow became form then flow again, the creative-growth-process of living writing line breath before line break, a risk in every room. Tara Betts makes silence plea then whips some crazy and some natural on the confessional. Often sassy, often black-a-demic, her non-discriminating eye is never without a fully focused art-sense of self, community and nation. So many of the poems in Arc and Hue aim for the spirit level of insight, our need-some-more-saturation souls. No bragging, no cussin folks out or refried allegorical posturing, Arc and Hue respects the currency of creativity and the unbought lives it honors. --Thomas Sayers Ellis, The Maverick Room
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With a heartfelt foreward by poet Afaa M. Weaver, the five sections of Arc & Hue segment the interior memories, observations, losses, regrets, hopes, cultural critiques and Womanist philosophies of a spirit at rest and in motion always. Betts' offerings reflect the varying cubicles of identity which she marks as blessing and curse. The worlds and grounds of power she interrogates with her voice are black, white, city, country, American, diasporic, woman, human, friend, lover, student, teacher, knowing, inquisitive, middle class, hood, classic, and futuristic.
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But Betts' isn't all sorry stories -as a matter of fact there are a number of humorous and ironic poems included in this collection that I thoroughly enjoyed as well, along with several very imaginative ones. "The Burial" is a poem about a painting Betts once saw, and she decided to fashion a story out of what she saw in the portrait.Read more ›
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Arc & Hue is a stunning first collection. Betts is a talented wordsmith who crafts poems that are intimate, sexy, heart wrenching, and real. Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Li Yun Alvarado