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Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone

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“Memory and its embodiment in a colloquial, yet highly wrought musical language are what originally drew me to Harrington’s manuscript and what continues to pull me back. We learn the story of Lillian and Webster and their children and grandchildren, a black family living a hardscrabble life in the rural South more than sixty years ago. Set on the cusp of the Civil Rights ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by BOA Editions Ltd.
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Molly
Jun 08, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
clothes will always seek dimension (21)

stooped / beneath the day's hem (22)

Webster sighs skeins / of cloth smoke (29)

Believe the body / is a screen door (30)

memory / has a fly's dumb enthusiasm (30)

a hound keens / one long, longing vowel (36)

believe the stars are bright beetles / tied to strings of light (41)

spanning arms that make a human cradle (48)

a rind of light (63)

the lullaby of cows (68)

garnets of juice (76)

Mulatto: of mixed breed, from the Spanish for mule. / Anything that cannot reprodu
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Sarah
May 16, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: CLNE
Shelves: poetry
Wonderful collection of poetry.
My favorite poems are ‘Turning’ which is about a child who ties a string to a June Bug leg, ‘They all Sang’ which shows various songs and mixes child’s rhymes (for example, Little Sally and London Bridge) within the poems and ’How We Lie in Grass’ from which comes the book’s title.
Tim Lepczyk
Some of the poems in this collection really resonate. The collection falls under the categories of feminist and African American literature. This is an area I usually don't seek out, but it was refreshing reading something outside of what I normally do.

Check it out, it's worth the time.
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I've actually misplaced this book. If you find my copy sitting around some where, please let me know.
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May 30, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Beautiful language tied to compelling narratives. My new favorite book of poems.
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Harrington’s writing reflects her beginnings in rural Alabama and her life in the Midwest. A former librarian and professional storyteller, Harrington now teaches creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Illinois.

-from janiceharrington,com
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