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Small Congregations: New and Selected Poems

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Paperback, 158 pages
Published August 18th 1999 by The Ecco Press (first published 1993)
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Ann
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Please publish more collections of poetry, Ms. Moss! I reread this one two nights ago, and it's just about peerless. There are so many good poets out there; everybody pick one up!

Some favorite snippets (to intrigue):

In the river a woman washes
big white slices of bread
like shirts.

It dries and gets dirty again.
Her children eat
pieces of their crosses.

...


The breast milk is so thin
it turns gossamer and a dragonfly
flies away with it.

...

Once upon a time a little boy felled a tree
that nobody heard in th
...more
David B.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection by Thylias Moss leaves the world burning with every step. She leaves no means of escape from these poems that make you think about the toughest issues.
Michael
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am very glad I read this collection of poetry. The images really threw me! They were so startling and imaginative and mind changing - it was a very rich experience. An African-American writer who writes clearly and succinctly out of the American experience - out of community. It is angry in the best ways. It is hilarious in the deepest ways.
Kayne
Aug 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers
Thylias Moss knows how to capture dreams. My favorite poem is the last one in the book, " This one is for all the Newborns."
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Thylias Moss is a multiracial maker, an award-winning poet, recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" grant, and twice nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry.