Rise (Paperback)

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Winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award

In this superb and eagerly anticipated debut collection by the young African American poet A. Van Jordan, the energy and music of Jordan's language, his honesty of feeling and of truth telling, are matched by his freshness and power. His stuff shines, sweat pours off it, says Joy Harjo. And there is a kind of solidity and reality in Jordan's poems that display varieties of experience and depths of meditation too rarely found in contemporary American poetry.

About the Author

In addition to Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, A. VAN JORDAN is the author of M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, which was listed as one the "Best Books of 2005" by the London Times, Quantum Lyrics, and The Cineaste. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artists Williams Fellowship, and the 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry.

Praise For…

"In this wonderfully accomplished collection, Jordan provides welcome relief from so much poetry that is morose or mysteriously ironic in spirit. [His] verse has a grace like that of spirited blues, or gospel music. Rise should put him alongside the recent Cave Canem prizewinners as an African-American poet to watch."  –​Washington Post

"Although Jordan's poems move with musical grace and surety, his imagery is thickly visual and arrestingly tactile, and violence hovers chillingly in the wings. These are poems about racism in America, painful memories and ongoing nightmares . . . But there is benevolence in these finely crafted, subtly formal poems and free-floating faith as Jordan praises the strength and beauty of women and embraces African American history and art with sorrow-dappled pride." –​Booklist

"Van Jordan blows a poem the way Coltrane blows a horn, but a little bluer like Miles all mixed up with Robert L. Johnson, and then the philosophy of Mingus weaving it all together. Yes, I rise and sing. We can't get enough."  –Joy Harjo

"Jordan's poetry is generous and genuine; truth-telling, compelling--and many a spirit is raised by the strength of his confident voice."  –Eleanor Wilner

Product Details
ISBN: 9781882688265
ISBN-10: 1882688260
Publisher: Tia Chucha
Publication Date: June 1st, 2001
Pages: 94
Language: English