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Recognize: Poems Paperback – May, 1995

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Writers & Readers; First Edition edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863163246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863163241
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,028,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Recognize, the last poem in the book is the best one. He seems to finally speak honestly, directly without dodging and hiding his meaning. There is a real voice, authentic in its authority, demanding your attention. recognize this. Its Kevin Powell's voice, describing the state of the world in general,& in specific, his life. The first section of the book seems scattered, but the finale brings it all together in the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
Kevin Powell is one of the bright young poetry talents in America. I was particularly impressed with the autobiographical nature of his work, his clever use of pop culture references, and his ability to comment on social issues without being overly didactic. Powell's work, especially "for aunt cathy" and the title poem, bring to mind the stronger works of amiri baraka, allen ginsberg, and langston hughes, among others
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By Marlena on August 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
I purchased Recognize as a teenager fifteen years ago and it moved me so much. I felt every emotion Kevin was trying to convey in this book. I especially felt the sensuality in "love/a many splintered thing" and in "only children". The first line "I have this need to feel you" and further into the poem where it reads "wrap my tongue around your waist and lick the rhythms of your walk" are some of the sexiest things I've ever read. I revisit this book from time to time to see if my adult mind with all of my experiences feels the same way about the book. I always do.
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I genuinely enjoyed Kevin Powell's first collection of poetry. He is a gifted young writer whose best work is ahead of him. I especially enjoyed the shorter pieces, and his love poems, full of sensuality and depth, are amazing
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