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Ascension is a collection of poems rooted in the Africana folkways, lore, and history of Louisiana. Palpable images pull the reader into the turbulent waters and horrors of the Atlantic slave trade, into homes battered by relentless rain and a flooding river, and finally to moments of contemplation and reverence for the land. With a measured, lean, and luminous style, th ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Broadside Lotus Press
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This collection is stunning. The poems are haunting, and curated very well. The moments that they capture are vivid, the sights, sounds, and smells as tangible as the emotive power they bring to the reader. I enjoyed everything here. The only reason why I rated it 4 stars and not 5 is because it was perhaps a bit longer than it needed to be; it began to feel like we were going back over familiar territory in the third section. The poet simply had more to say, which I can understand and appreciat ...more