as the title indicates, truthfeasting serves a veritable banquet of literary treats, philosophical insights, and soulful observations. ja jahannes isas the title indicates, truthfeasting serves a veritable banquet of literary treats, philosophical insights, and soulful observations. ja jahannes is clearly not a poet inclined to biting his tongue when it comes to sensitive issues, no matter if in regard to race, religion, or anything else. whether examining the nature of living life in the political spotlight, as he does in the death of jesse jackson, or musing on the notion that poets are precious people, his lyrical vision is framed in the unique music of his own illuminated soul. [return][return]an extraordinary bonus in this volume is the informative essay, africa-america: perspectives from brazil and the usa, which was presented as a speech on the 100th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in brazil. [return][return]in addition to being the author of truthfeasting, jahannes is well-known as a playwright, minister, educator, and creator of the critically acclaimed montage for martin, a celebration of the life and work of dr. martin luther king, jr.[return][return]aberjhani[return]author of "encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance"[return]"i made my boy out of poetry"[return]and "visions of a skylark dressed in black"...more
daniell started out as a poet who wrote lyrical verse on nature with such titles as "green frogs" and "black animals." between those innocent lyricaldaniell 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. [return][return]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 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. [return][return]aberjhani [return]author of i made my boy out of poetry [return]and encyclopedia of the harlem renaissance...more
Excellent translations of Rumi's superb poetry from someone who has spent a lifetime studying and interpreting the great Sufi poet's works for the intExcellent translations of Rumi's superb poetry from someone who has spent a lifetime studying and interpreting the great Sufi poet's works for the international community. Even those already familiar with the wonderful "versions" of Jalaluddin Rumi's poetry by masterful poet/teachers like Coleman Barks and Jonathan Starr will discover in this "Forbidden" volume aspects of Rumi's spiritual passion and intellectual brilliance rarely glimpsed.