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Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade
Cave Canem has for the past ten years dedicated itself to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. Founded in 1996 by prizewinning poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem began as a weeklong summer workshop/retreat and has now expanded to include regional workshops, poetry readings, a series of public conversations between major p ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 9th 2006 by University of Michigan Press
(first published 2006)
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As an incredibly varied anthology of poems, this work serves up poems from familiar names alongside poets who most poetry readers won't be familiar with, and the result is a fresh collection of voices that pops with style, meaning, and memorable lines. The variations in style and voice mean that, more than likely, any one reader won't be blown away by each poem in the book, but at the same time, it's hard to imagine the reader that won't be struck by multiple pieces here, to the point of wanting ...more
I had been losing earshot of my own voice recently, and this was the best medicine! Aside from that, though, this is a valuable book because it also includes intro essays by the founders of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady and Toi Dericotte, as well as Harryette Mullen and Elizabeth Alexander. The diversity in this collection is really awesome, and it's really refreshing to see so many different talents, skills, and voices.
Toi Derricotte is the author of The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W.W. Norton), received the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her honors include, among many other ...moreMore about Toi Derricotte