- Paperback: 73 pages
- Publisher: Bottom Dog Press (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933964189
- ISBN-13: 978-1933964188
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,538,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Unmistakable Shade of Red and the Obama Chronicles: Poems
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An Unmistakable Shade of Red…is the bomb. I found so many moments, so many moods, so many insights. Yours is the voice of compassion, of elegant rage. It is country but urban-wise. -Lamont B. Steptoe
Yes, this writer is a woman, who knows that "every mouth's its own love language, / lust's first cousin." And yes, she is a black woman, for whom the eyes of Barack Obama "are so deep brown / I see blue in them, / ocean water, / bones rising, / right fists raised." And yes, like the rest of us, she's getting older, "hair graying in places / I shouldn't have hair." But beyond all divisions, she is a poet, who knows that poetry is music, and music is "the first place Black and White / came together like unwritten notes / in a jazz composition." In these poems Mary Weems both challenges and embraces America in all its turbulence and beauty. We should be grateful.
-George Bilgere, author of Haywire
An Ummistakable Shade of Red AND The Obama Chronicle by Mary E. Weems
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I'm not a big fan of Barack Obama's. Never was, though not for the silly partisan reasons a lot of other people spout; I'm of the opinion that almost no one who actually wants to get elected should be. (I can't remember who it was that said that any politician who aspires to elected office should automatically be disqualified from running for it, but I subscribe to that hypothesis, in general; I wrote in Mike Gravel in the 2008 election.) But I am a big fan of Mary Weems, and given that the poems in the second half of this book were written during the campaign trail, I'm willing to overlook a lot of optimism that we've all found to be kind of unfounded in the last two years. But all that deals with the last twenty-odd pages of an eighty page book, so we'll dispense with talking about that (any review I'd have penned of "The Obama Chronicles" would probably have said all that and little else anyway) and turn to the first half. If you've read Mary Weems before, you know what's in store--short, punchy pieces, heavy on the image, heavy on the unexpected juxtapositions, and with messages, but messages that are in general shown rather than told. In other words, damn good poetry:
"Seeing my skeleton head
in the dentist's office
reminds me of how we turn
to ash and dust
how we sweep it from our floors."
Yes, that's the whole piece, and when you think about it, why should it be any longer? Everything that needs said gets said, without a whole lot of extra verbiage hanging around like the sprigs of parsley bad restaurants trying to be swank stuck in the middle of your chicken salad back in the mid-eighties. Mary Weems knows how to write a poem, and every time she release a book, she proves that over and over again. If you haven't found her yet, this is a fine place to introduce yourself. ****
Ebani Edwards, MA