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A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun by Angela Jackson

A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

  • Hardcover $24.95

    May 30, 2017 | 208 Pages

  • Ebook $23.99

    May 30, 2017

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Praise

“Jackson’s sensitive portrait of this ‘quiet genius’ and her finely calibrated insights into her writing celebrate Brooks’s warmth, her ‘bitter bite, her slicing sarcasm,’ and the revolutionary provocation and power of her courageous, caring, intricately faceted poems, poems to read and reread for their emotional, social, and moral repercussions—and for their expounding beauty.”
—Donna Seaman, Booklist, Starred Review

“Toni Morrison said we die, that may be the meaning of life, but we do language, that may be the measure of our lives. And how Miss Brooks did this thing called language. How she made us all look down the corridors of our birth. How she wore the rhythm of her name wide on green rivers of change. How she fashioned poems for us all from this bamboo wilderness called America. How she moved from city to city, restringing her words so we could live and breathe and smile and breathe and love and breathe her. This Gwensister called life.”
—Sonia Sanchez

“Such generosity of vision and scholarship, A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun superbly contextualizes Gwendolyn Brooks’s life as a sustaining artist who possessed an immense communal spirit and served as a model of literary citizenship. Even more, Angela Jackson fiercely celebrates Brooks as mentor and unwavering light, one whose poetry was a lifeline and whose quiet deeds help to empower generations of American writers.”
—Major Jackson, Richard A. Dennis University Distinguished Professor, University of Vermont; author of Roll Deep: Poems

“Angela Jackson frames the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks with the attention and sensitivity perhaps only one poet can have for another. One of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, Brooks had such a singular imagination that it would be folly to read her poems simply as products of her life experiences. And yet, we know Brooks drew inspiration for her work from people in the community around her. In A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, poet Angela Jackson has done something remarkable by illuminating the life and times that nourished Ms. Brooks’s poems, and doing so in a way that proves the poems all the more vital and inventive. This is a remarkable achievement.”
—Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry

Table Of Contents

CHAPTER ONE
“Grant Me a Voice, and Speaking Eyes”

CHAPTER TWO
Visionaries

CHAPTER THREE
A Light and Diplomatic Bird

CHAPTER FOUR
Hitting Her Stride

CHAPTER FIVE
A Pulitzer Is a Smile

CHAPTER SIX
Black Is Beautiful

CHAPTER SEVEN
A Surprised Queenhood

CHAPTER EIGHT
Journeys

CHAPTER NINE
Blacks

CHAPTER TEN
Immortality of a Kind

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTES

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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