Charlotte Pence




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leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess
" This is more than blues poetry; this is not a just a journey through a time or a history or a biography; this is not, to use Audre Lorde's word, a "biomythography;" this is a muscle singing, a boot thump, a whiskey jar. These poems ache with beaut... " Read more of this review »
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" Wow! I was totally entranced by this book. I've read poetry collections that are biographies, but this was the most successful. This poet did a good job of revealing what was at stake in leadbelly's life and who sacrificed and in what ways. The ti... " Read more of this review »
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If you ever have a chance to hear Koo read, do it. Such a relaxed and witty reader. I used this book in my 2000-level poetry workshop, and it changed many students’ minds about what is contemporary poetry and what it can do. A smart yet sensitive col...more
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“COLLEGE VISIT IN AUTUMN"

All morning the parents steal memories from their

children. A father passes an old elm where

a sugar maple now stands, remembers a girl who read Eliot

under the tree, her long, bare legs stretched out

as if her life had never required hurry.


The tour guide shows an empty classroom and a mother

hears her old professor: Question, question everything,

especially when you have no questions.

Their children trail but dare not smile

having decided all of this is adult.


As I walk by the group, I hear it, one girl speaking

to her mother—it is my voice, was my voice,

and I see the mother’s watery eyes, their whites yellowed

like old photographs. The daughter says,

“We should eat now. Before you get too tired.”


The girl is hit with autumn sun—so bright

that it breaks on her scalp, white, falls down

over her feet, falls as if

the sun is something tangible

to scoop off the ground for later use.


The mother nods as the guide explains that the city campus

once was a farm with deer and bear. The mother looks up

the grassy hill as if to see one of them

passing by on its way to the creek.

The daughter asks, “Mother, are you listening to me?”


The tone is what had been my own, and probably my mother’s

before that. The memories, the moments slip from one to the next

with a slow flutter, like a girl’s yellow hair-ribbon sliding

off her braid as she races down the hill toward the creek,

toward the doe she wants to come to the edge.”
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