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by Ruth Forman

Poems portray the Black experience in contemporary America
Download We Are the Young Magicians (Barnard New Women Poets Series) epub
ISBN: 0807068209
ISBN13: 978-0807068205
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Ruth Forman
Language: English
Publisher: Beacon Pr (April 1, 1993)
Pages: 86 pages
ePUB size: 1308 kb
FB2 size: 1346 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 847
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Wonderful! Love her poetry. Perfect for young black women ... for al young women!
This collection of passionate poems shares life. Through her truthful depiction of moments, attitudes and world views often unheard, Forman shocks and provokes. With her gift of rhythm and tone, she rocks the reader as if to say 'it's O.K.' The collection is divided into four sections, each subsequent section drawing on themes from the prior. Contemporary and timeless, her poems are proof that the personal is universal. In "I Will Speak Genius to Myself," she skillfully explores the cause and effect of the rage that often burdens African Americans by describing the aftermath of an audition. She contrasts hope and potential against a harsh, grey cement reality. It ends spitefully and without resolution, like so many of life's truths. Far from grim, Forman also offers hope. In fact she tells the reader exactly where to find it. In "Up Sister," a woman finds a renewed belief in her ablility to go on when the voices of African American women harmonize to symbollically rescue her fallen soul. She says look at our history and all that we have endured; look to each other; to sisterhood; to the human spirit and the will to survive. Throughout the book, Forman reminds us that a part of the magic we possess as African Americans is our ability to find strength in each other and our ancestors. But the magic is not only ours, it is a part of the human soul that transcends race. The magic is love's transforming property that allows us to see beyond the postmodern context of grey cement, and into the souls of others, as well as our own. Reading this collection was a pleasure, thank you.
Lost Python
I fell in love with Ruth Forman when this book came out -- and I've been dragging it around with me for nearly 20 years now. At least once a month I pull it out and read something. Not only is it smart and serious and beautiful, but there is much fun and great humor. How can you not smile at a poem entitled, "Poetry Should Ride the Bus"? This book combines the joys of pure beauty with social consciousness.