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Rice Paperback – August, 1995
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About the Author
Nikiky finney holds the John H. Bennett Jr. Chair of Southern LetterS and Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina. She is editor of the anthology The Ringing Ear: Black poets Lean South and the author of a short story collectioN, Heartwood. Her fourth collection of poetry, Head Off & Split, won the National Book Award for Poetry (Northwestern University Press, 2011).--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When you first see the book, you'll notice the cover art. (Too bad there is no image available on amazon.com.) Besides being so strong visually, the cover is exceptionally beautiful. But wait ... you haven't even made it to the inside yet. Nikky Finney is such a good writer. And you don't have to be a student of poetry or a poet to appreciate her writing. She is a great story teller and it just so happens that she has picked the art of poetry as the structure for her stories.
Start reading ... "The Blackened Alphabet" ... "Irons At Her Feet" ... "Yellow Jaundice" ... and you enter her family's South Carolina home. There's some deep stuff here. It's a journey you take with your whole self. Finney gives the best part of herself and makes you feel like you are on the journey too with the best part of yourself. These stories will stay with you.
And one more thing: I think "The Turtle Ball" is one of the sexiest poems I've ever read.