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M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A by A. Van Jordan
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Jan 13, 2011

it was amazing

A book of poetry that reads like a novel; each poem intricately intertwined to tell the story of MacNolia Cox, the first African American to go to the National Spelling Bee in Akron, Ohio in 1936 and her later complicated marriage to John Montier, made more complicated by the racial tensions of the time and the economic downturn which hit blacks especially hard.
The imagrey of the motifs that moves in and out of each of these poems binds them together into a tight little package waiting to be unwrapped like Christams morning.
Make a pot of tea and take the afternoon to read this beautiful book.

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