For the Confederate Dead

For the Confederate Dead

Book - 2007
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In this passionate new collection, Kevin Young takes up a range of African American griefs and passages. He opens with the beautiful “Elegy for Miss Brooks,” invoking Gwendolyn Brooks, who died in 2000, and who makes a perfect muse for the volume: “What the devil / are we without you?” he asks. “I tuck your voice, laced / tight, in these brown shoes.” In that spirit of intimate community, Young gives us a saucy ballad of Jim Crow, a poem about Lionel Hampton's last concert in Paris, an “African Elegy,” which addresses the tragic loss of a close friend in conjunction with the first anniversary of 9/11, and a series entitled “Americana,” in which we encounter a clutch of mythical southern towns, such as East Jesus (“The South knows ruin & likes it / thataway—the barns becoming / earth again, leaning in—”) and West Hell (“Sin, thy name is this / wait—this place— / a long ways from Here / to There”).
For the Confederate Dead finds Young, more than ever before, in a poetic space that is at once public and personal. In the marvelous “Guernica,” Young’s account of a journey through Spain blends with the news of an American lynching, prompting him to ask, “Precious South, / must I save you, / or myself?” In this surprising book, the poet manages to do a bit of both, embracing the contradictions of our “Confederate” legacy and the troubled nation where that legacy still lingers.

Baker & Taylor
Explores a variety of African-American themes in a selection that includes "Elegy for Miss Brooks," a tribute to the late Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as works on Lionel Hampton, Jim Crow, a lynching, and the legacy of the Confederacy.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of the award-winning poetry collection Jelly Roll explores a variety of African-American themes, passages, and griefs in a selection that includes "Elegy for Miss Brooks," a tribute to the late Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as works on Lionel Hampton, Jim Crow, a lynching, and the legacy of the Confederacy.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307264350
0307264351
Branch Call Number: 811 YOUNG
Characteristics: 156 pages ; 24 cm

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