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The Resource Voyage of the Sable Venus : and other poems, Robin Coste Lewis

Voyage of the Sable Venus : and other poems, Robin Coste Lewis

Label
Voyage of the Sable Venus : and other poems
Title
Voyage of the Sable Venus
Title remainder
and other poems
Statement of responsibility
Robin Coste Lewis
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure throughout time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice. Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems considering the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. The central panel is the title poem, 'Voyage of the Sable Venus,' a riveting narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present-titles that feature or in some way comment on the black female figure in Western art. Bracketed by Lewis's autobiographical poems, 'Voyage' is a tender and shocking study of the fragmentary mysteries of stereotype, as it juxtaposes our names for things with what we actually see and know. Offering a new understanding of biography and the self, this collection questions just where, historically, do ideas about the black female figure truly begin-five hundred years ago, five thousand, or even longer? And what role has art played in this ancient, often heinous story? From the 'Young Black Female Carrying / a Perfume Vase' to a 'Little Brown Girl / Girl Standing in a Tree / First Day of Voluntary / School Integration,' this poet adores her culture and the beauty to be found within it. Yet she is also a cultural critic alert to the nuances of race and desire and how they define us all, including herself, as she explores her own sometimes painful history. Lewis's book is a thrilling aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race-a full embrace of its pleasure and horror, in equal parts." from publisher's website
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Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
811/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PS3612.E98
  • PS3612.E98
LC item number
  • A6 2015
  • A6 2015
Literary form
poetry
Label
Voyage of the Sable Venus : and other poems, Robin Coste Lewis
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Plantation -- On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari -- Mother Church No. 3 -- verga: -- The Wilde Woman of Aiken -- The Mothers -- From: To: -- Beauty's Nest -- Red All Over -- Dog Talk -- Let Me Live in a House by the Side of the Road and Be a Friend to Man -- Summer -- Voyage of the Sable Venus -- Prologue: -- The Ship's Inventory -- Invocation: Blessing the Boat -- Catalog I: Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome -- Catalog 2: Ancient Egypt -- Catalog 3: The Womb of Chrisitainity -- Catalog 4: Medieval Colonial -- Catalog 5: Emancipation & Independence -- Catalog 6: Modern, Civil, Right -- Catalog 7: Modern Post -- Catalog 8: The Present/Our Town -- Notes -- Frame -- Art & Craft -- Lure -- The Body in August -- Second Line -- Pleasure & Understanding -- Felicite
Control code
899488683
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 142 pages
Isbn
9781101875438
Lccn
2014047762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)899488683
Label
Voyage of the Sable Venus : and other poems, Robin Coste Lewis
Publication
Copyright
Note
"This is a Borzoi book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Plantation -- On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari -- Mother Church No. 3 -- verga: -- The Wilde Woman of Aiken -- The Mothers -- From: To: -- Beauty's Nest -- Red All Over -- Dog Talk -- Let Me Live in a House by the Side of the Road and Be a Friend to Man -- Summer -- Voyage of the Sable Venus -- Prologue: -- The Ship's Inventory -- Invocation: Blessing the Boat -- Catalog I: Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome -- Catalog 2: Ancient Egypt -- Catalog 3: The Womb of Chrisitainity -- Catalog 4: Medieval Colonial -- Catalog 5: Emancipation & Independence -- Catalog 6: Modern, Civil, Right -- Catalog 7: Modern Post -- Catalog 8: The Present/Our Town -- Notes -- Frame -- Art & Craft -- Lure -- The Body in August -- Second Line -- Pleasure & Understanding -- Felicite
Control code
899488683
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 142 pages
Isbn
9781101875438
Lccn
2014047762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)899488683

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