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Renaissance (Bluestreak Series) Paperback – December 30, 1998

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Forman, who won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and appeared in the PBS series The United States of Poetry, offers her second book of poems. Stunning and beautiful, they use incantatory language that heals; through references to writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the work builds a bridge for a new generation. These poems acknowledge some painful history, both personal and collective, but they lift us from that pain with lines like "You are a healer.../...you will bring it to people/ French thyme and apple mint cherry roots blackberry leaves star/ apple words." Among the issues addressed are birth, healing, racism, black literary heritage, and abuse. Poems like "Church Y'all" celebrate language and cultural roots with the message "nothing necessary but our tongue and what we remember." For most collections.?Ann K. van Buren, New York Univ.
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'Renaissance is the fulfillment of Forman's first book, We Are the Young Magicians. Hers is a commitment to the possibilities of life. Joy. Beauty (though terrible at times on this earth). What an impressive, rich song she sings.' -Sonia Sanchez

'Stunning and beautiful . . . incantatory language that heals; through references to writers of the Harlem Renaissance, the work builds a bridge for a new generation. These poems acknowledge some painful history, both personal and collective, but they lift us from that pain.' -Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Series: Bluestreak Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; First Edition, Second Printing edition (December 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807068411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807068410
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...from all the things that circumvented your return. Renaissance is a gem - that rare collection with the ability to ground you; but not before it makes you take a long, hard look at your life - the good and the not-so-good of it, the hard and the soft, the disquiet and...the eventual peace. A journey to places resisted and eventually reckoned with, beautifully rendered.
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I heard this gifted poet at a reading at The World Stage (12/22/2004) in Los Angeles' Leimert Park Arts District tonight. I had never heard of her before. Well, maybe her name "rings a bell," but that is beside the point.

This young woman-poet's word-weaving is nothing short of spell-binding, affirming, healingly powerful. I have not seen her words on paper yet, but I imagine that they will have just as much (if not more) power and majesty.

I am a lover of her words, her work, and her spirit, for life. Ruth Forman is a gentle and loving and steady and insistent force flowering in a world much in need of Beauty and Truth.
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