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Antebellum Dream Book

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In surprising turns through different American cities, mindsets, and eras, and through the strange rhythms of dreaming, the celebrated poet Elizabeth Alexander composes her own kind of improvisational jazz. Antebellum Dream Book offers a music of resistances as well as soaring flights of fancy: the conflicts of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and after; a mother's s
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Graywolf Press
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May 12, 2009 Will rated it it was ok
Recommended to Will by: Poetry Off the Shelf
There are a couple poems which really seem to work—especially through Alexander's ability to set a fully-realized scene with a tiny palmful of words. Unfortunately, this brevity isn't always such a blessing; sometimes it makes the poems feel like they're rough drafts, full of initial bursts of inspiration but also full of perplexing movements and endings. Her poems use words sparingly though they hardly feel like they've been shorn down by multiple revisions. And then there are Alexander's const ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Dreams of famous people, power and some nightmares, too. I was interested in reading her poetry after reading her essay in the New Yorker about her husband's death. Good imagery for a cold dark night.
Jun 15, 2010 Nan rated it liked it
I was disappointed. This IS a book of dreams. Too many of these dreams lack the musicality and the universality that turns a dream into a poem.
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Shelves: poetry, 2009
Interesting collection of poems, many with an African American theme. One poem mentioned the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which I know. One of my favorite poems in this collection was "Paul Says."
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This is a solid readable collection. A nice contrast of past history and the present.
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Elizabeth Alexander is a Quantrell Award-winning American poet, essayist, playwright, university professor, and scholar of African-American literature and culture. She teaches English language/literature, African-American literature, and gender studies at Yale University. Alexander was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard during the 2007-08 academic year.

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