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Red Clay Suite
In her third book of poems, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers expresses her familiarity with the actual and imaginary spaces that the American South occupies in our cultural lexicon. Her two earlier books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue and Outlandish Blues, use the blues poetic to explore notions of history and trauma. Now, in Red Clay Suite, Jeffers approaches the southern lands ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published March 26th 2007 by Southern Illinois University Press
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Jeffers does great work defining personal history, and how these events that happen with little regard for our own satisfaction or needs are the crucial experiences our identity is built upon. There could be criticism that this is mere identity politics poetry, but I would say that Jeffers' concerns aren't given a preference over someone else. I get the feeling that this speaker would sympathize with me, as she asks me to sympathize with her, as any poem invites its reader inside the speaker.