Rosemary Daniell started out as a poet who wrote lyrical verse on nature with such titles as "green frogs" and "black animals." Between those innocen Rosemary Daniell started out as a poet who wrote lyrical verse on nature with such titles as "green frogs" and "black animals." Between those innocent lyrical beginnings, which served largely to hone Daniell's mastery of her craft, and her volumes of noteworthy fiction and nonfiction, A Sexual Tour of the Deep South stands as a singular explosive event in the corpus of her work.
Crackling with the energies of self-liberation via a sudden focused expansion of consciousness, it is a uniquely significant document in the canon of womanist literature. Much of the imagery and details in A Sexual Tour of the Deep South are not for the mild-hearted or overly sensitive. The contents of the poetry swing back and forth between the erotically exceptional and the downright raunchy. One might nearly have expected Charles Baudelaire to compose these poems had he been a politically informed southern woman writing in the 1960s.
Whereas the book can be read with real pleasure on its more graphic levels, it assumes a deeper meaning when the erotic is accepted as a metaphor for the individual claiming all rights to her own being.
it is not uncommon in american fiction to come across novels that thrill the reader s imagination with absorbing accounts of romantic passion. nor isit is not uncommon in american fiction to come across novels that thrill the reader s imagination with absorbing accounts of romantic passion. nor is it difficult to find one that presents an appealingly rich portrait of african-american and african culture. what is rare and a true cause for celebration is what we find in the pages of marguerite tiggs-birt s foolish pleasures: a novel that not only utilizes these elements to communicate valuable knowledge and wisdom concerning the scars and traumas we human beings often accumulate in our quest for meaningful relationships, but one that illustrates the means by which such soul-destroying pain may be healed, and damaged love restored. like the exquisite pink diamond that ambassador cedric philippe bestows upon his adored dr. bethesda vernon in this captivating read, foolish pleasures is a unique and precious kind of literary jewel.[return][return]aberjhani[return]author of visions of a skylark dressed in black[return]and encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance...more
precisely as its title so unapologetically indicates, "scarlett o hara can go to hell" is not a sunday stroll through myths of southern ladies waitingprecisely as its title so unapologetically indicates, "scarlett o hara can go to hell" is not a sunday stroll through myths of southern ladies waiting for heroic southern men to fill their lives with romance and adventure. if anything, it s the exact opposite, a mesmerizing tale of one woman s determination to re-write southern society s definition of what her life should or can be. jewish by birth but free-spirited by temperament, the novel s heroine, naomi kramer, declares her independence from tradition only to discover that freedom comes with as many challenges and demands as it does rewards and privileges. [return][return]from her immigrant grandfather s arrival in the united states in 1904 to naomi s powerful spiritual awakening in the 1980s, readers are treated to a journey through the unfoldment of one unforgettable woman s life while simultaneously bearing witness to what history would come to call the american century. in turns comically irreverent and soulfully inspiring, "scarlett o hara can go to hell" is one exceptionally enjoyable read. [return][return]aberjhani[return]author of "encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance"[return]and "visions of a skylark dressed in black"...more
Literary Savannah was among the first in a series of literary travel anthologies published by Hill Street Press whenA Great Guide to a Beautiful City
Literary Savannah was among the first in a series of literary travel anthologies published by Hill Street Press when the company was founded in the late 1990s. To include the city of Savannah, Georgia, in such a series would have made good sense at pretty much any time but particularly during the last decade because of the spotlight cast on it by a developing film industry within the city and by the immense popularity of author John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
The genius of this exceptional travel literary anthology is the eclectic mixture of names it includes. Some––like founding father George Washington and abolitionist Olaudah Equiano––many readers would not expect to find because of their globe-spanning historical stature. Others––like Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Lowe and songwriter Johnny Mercer––were natives of the city and therefore are less surprising. In total, the voices of some 37 writers, plus that of editor Patrick Allen, comprise the volume.
Among those voices are such modern chroniclers of Savannah’s ongoing story as: Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alan McPherson; journalist Tom Coffey; playwright and educator Ja A. Jahannes; author and writing instructor Rosemary Danielle; and the author of “Savannah Spectres,” Margaret Wayt DeBolt.
It also happens to include a poem by this author called "Return to Savannah."
Much of the book’s richness is also due to the variety of literary genres sampled within it. From passing glimpses of the city as jotted down in a notebook entry by novelist Henry James to famous declarations as made by General William T. Sherman in a letter to his commander in chief. Memoirs, fiction, essays, poetry, “true” accounts of hauntings, and songs all blend to create a finely balanced and nuanced portrait of one of the most uniquely beautiful cities in the United States.
historian charles j. elmore did the world of music in general and that of jazz in particular a huge favor when he meticulously researched and wrote alhistorian charles j. elmore did the world of music in general and that of jazz in particular a huge favor when he meticulously researched and wrote all that savannah jazz. by doing so, elmore demonstrated that georgia s famous hostess city was a major point of incubation for the development of the music the world has come to know and celebrate as jazz. like new orleans in the late 1800s, it was home to a number of the kinds of brass bands that eventually evolved into jazz bands. and like new york city during the 1920s through the 1950s, it maintained dozens of clubs where jazz was the music of preference. elmore s book is filled with photographs, biographical profiles, short essays, and historical ads that place his hometown alongside new orleans and kansas city as one of the most important birthplaces of jazz.[return][return][return]aberjhani[return]author of visions of a skylark dressed in black[return]and encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance...more
within bouquet of thorns are many of the super-charged elements that turn exceptional works of both fiction and nonfiction into bestsellers. this bookwithin bouquet of thorns are many of the super-charged elements that turn exceptional works of both fiction and nonfiction into bestsellers. this book is a rarity of its kind because it details the life of a man descended from former slaves who, up until the late 1800s, dwelled on the island of ossabaw just off the coast of georgia before moving inland to the outskirts of savannah. from his days of surviving a childhood filled with abuse and ridicule to becoming a model in new york city, a singer, and world-traveling minister, rev. james nekia mckiever has presented the world with one mesmerizing tale. the journey from one point to the other is crammed with sexual tension, grueling tests of faith, life-challenging disease, and dogged spiritual determination. [return]mckiever s blend of no-holds-barred truth-telling as he moves back and forth between time to compose a holistic portrait of his life will likely prove too over-the-top for some. others will welcome and applaud his courage and honesty. to his own credit, mckiever in interviews often stressed that he was not pushing the more sensational aspects of his book to boost readership. he was far more interested in people learning from his life valuable lessons about the persecution of individuals unique within communities, and the danger of a lack of knowledge regarding nervous disorders among african americans. for all the pain that burns through these pages, they also sing with a great deal of joy.[return][return]aberjhani[return]author of "encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance"[return]and "visions of a skylark dressed in black" [return][return] # # # #...more
exactly who is this "hanging man?" how did he end up in such a situation? and how is it that he chances to dream under such precarious circumstances?exactly who is this "hanging man?" how did he end up in such a situation? and how is it that he chances to dream under such precarious circumstances? he is, in fact, only partly an invention of the poet david c. hightower s pen, partly a product of legends that echo through the northern hills of georgia, and partly the stuff of whispered family history. [return][return]what is known is precisely what is reported in these remarkable pages: that a man making his way home one evening is suddenly ambushed lynched, in fact, for reasons unknown to him. struggle proves futile as he is overwhelmed, tied up, hung from the branch of a tree, and left there to die. because the hanging man in question was white and not black, the event would seem to have been motivated by something other than racial animosity. what ensues following this attack is a long horribly dark night of one man s terrorized, weeping, and dreaming soul.[return][return]the poetry of "the hanging man dreams" is unified less by a single theme than it is by a progression of complimentary themes, like a musical score building up from its first intriguing notes to a veritable exultation of chords and choruses. pondering the nearly incomprehensible fate of the hanging man, david hightower offers an amazing vision of what it must have been like to exist inside the spinning mind, faltering lungs, and struggling heart of a life balanced on the edge of extinction and madness. the poems that come whirling out of this spiritual chaos reveal hightower as a poet deeply rooted in the history, ecology, folklore, and personality of his native north georgia region at the same time that he instinctively transcends it. [return][return]aberjhani[return]author of i made my boy out of poetry[return]and encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance...more