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By Elizabeth Alexander

A really good new assortment by way of Elizabeth Alexander, whose "poems bristle with the impossible to resist caliber of a global visible clean" (Rita Dove, The Washington Post)

Too many folks have noticeable too much
and lived to inform, or now not inform, or tell
with their silent, patterned bodies,
their glass eyes, long gone legs, flower-printed flesh . . .
-from "Notes From"

In her fourth amazing assortment, Elizabeth Alexander voices the outcries, goals, and histories of an African American culture that is going again to the slave uprising at the Amistad and to the artists' canvases of nineteenth-century the US. In personality poems, old narratives, jazz riffs, sonnets, elegies, and a chain of ars poetica, American Sublime is Alexander's such a lot vibrant and sundry assortment and affirms her position as one among America's so much full of life and talented writers.

"Alexander is an strange factor, a sensualist of background, a romanticist of race. She weaves biography, background, event, popular culture and dream. Her poems make the private and non-private dance together." --Chicago Tribune

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