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The Goddess of Gumbo by Kendra Hamilton
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Jan 06, 12

Please see my review of THE RINGING EAR: BLACK POETS LEAN SOUTH, ed. Nikky Finney, the most pertinent words apropos that book being the final heaven- or goddess-sent sentence, "I licked the bowl clean," as as for BLACK NATURE, read and re-read a poem from this book mockingly titled "Southern Living," in which Hamilton gardens in a 'baptism of sweat" and revels in her body, her soul, the glories of the entire natural world, and offers a prayer-like thanksgiving for her own hair, which she ingeniously compares to Spanish moss! Ever since 2007, I've known--as I hope is obvious--that his was a poet to watch, and I've been proved far more right than I ever dreamed!

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