Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis

By Robin Coste Lewis

WINNER OF THE nationwide e-book AWARD

A wonderful poetry debut: this meditation at the black girl determine all through time introduces us to a courageous and penetrating new voice.
 
Robin Coste Lewis’s electrifying assortment is a triptych that starts and ends with lyric poems contemplating the jobs hope and race play within the building of the self. The primary panel is the name poem, “Voyage of the Sable Venus,” a riveting narrative made up solely of titles of works of art from precedent days to the present—titles that function or ultimately touch upon the black woman determine in Western artwork. Bracketed via Lewis’s autobiographical poems, “Voyage” is a young and stunning examine of the fragmentary mysteries of stereotype, because it juxtaposes our names for issues with what we really see and understand. providing a brand new figuring out of biography and the self, this assortment questions simply the place, traditionally, do rules concerning the black girl determine actually begin—five hundred years in the past, 5 thousand, or perhaps longer? And what function has paintings performed during this historic, frequently heinous tale? From the “Young Black lady wearing / a fragrance Vase” to a “Little Brown woman / lady status in a Tree / First Day of Voluntary / college Integration,” this poet adores her tradition and the sweetness to be came upon inside of it. but she is usually a cultural critic alert to the nuances of race and wish and the way they outline us all, together with herself, as she explores her personal occasionally painful heritage. Lewis’s ebook is an exhilarating aesthetic anthem to the complexity of race—a complete include of its excitement and horror, in equivalent elements.

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