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A Rock Against the Wind: African-American Poems and Letters of Love and Passion Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; Revised edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399519823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399519826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Patterson notes that these poems were "chosen for their content and wisdom, rather than the popularity or esteem of the poet," the contributors include such familiar figures as Rita Dove, Alice Walker, Ntozake Shange, Derek Walcott and others. Arranged in sections with clearly descriptive titles (e.g., Advice/Wisdom, Need/Want, Seduction), the poems offer straightforward, rhythmic accounts of praise and sorrow, with both men and women explicit in expressing sexual desires. Among the notable poems are Quincy Troupe's "You Come to Me,"' with its refrain, "Woman, eye want to see"; Phyllis M. Bynum's "Chocolate Man" and "Love Letter" from Pearl Duncan: "I simmered/ 100% juicy/ the last blackberry/ of the vine." Substantially revised from the original 1973 edition, this anthology begins with a foreword by Ruby Dee.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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A beautiful collection. A must-have
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1997
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The works are sincere in their emotion, tender in their descriptions, and positioned well by the editor. It is a wonderful idea to allow, so openly, the world a chance to view black love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "July Lady" on April 25, 2002
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If you are a fan of love poems, you must have this collections, all of the poems give you a wonderful feeling about love, and make you want to be in love.
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