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The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems Paperback – May 1, 1997
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"Rooted in the basic soil of redemptive imagination, the voices in Nelson's poems seek a lyrical foothold in our daily lives. Her words teach us how to praise ourselves by praising each other."-Yusef Komunyakaa Praise for the poetry of Marilyn Nelson "Nelson re-creates vanished worlds of African American history, tracing her family's odyssey from slavery times to the establishment of a 'homeplace' in Oklahoma. . . . [She] joins thematic strains from her five previous collections in an almost seamless unity. Concerns with family and origin interlock perfectly with an encompassing meditation on morality and religion. . . . The poems of The Fields of Praise will stick in the reader's memory a long time."-Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Nelson has made something new and, at the same time, demonstrated that the old makes a strong base on which to build. . . . In tone, this book is matter-of-factly stoical, but it will not stand for injustice. . . . It believes, in the end, in the 'power of words.'"-Georgia Review "Poignant, powerful, and disquieting by turns, this varied collection . . . contains much memorable food for reflection."-Christianity and Literature "'Double vision' is a strength of Nelson's work in more than a cultural context: it grounds her understanding of the mutual sources of erotic and spiritual longing, of the ways the universe reveals its workings in quotidian perceptions."-Women's Review of Books
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The Fields Of Praise: New and Selected Poems By Marilyn Nelson. 'Rooted in the basic soil of redemptive imagination, the voices in Nelson's poems seek a lyrical foothold in our daily lives. Her words teach us how to praise ourselves by praising each other.'--Usef Komunyakaa
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African Americans had to endure to survive or succeed in this country. There are heartwarming and humorous sketches of family life and inspiring descriptions of ordinary people who refused to be defeated. Nelson's poems are complex, but accessible.