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Head Off & Split

Poems

Finney, Nikky

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Head Off & Split
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Winner of 2011 National Book Award for Poetry Winner of 2012 GLCS Award for Poetry Winner of 2012 SIBA Book Award for Poetry Nominee for 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry The poems in Nikky Finney's breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life: from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finney's poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mother's wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American president's final State of the Union address. Artful and intense, Finney's poems ask us to be mindful of what we fraction, fragment, cut off, dice, dishonor, or throw away, powerfully evoking both the lawless and the sublime.
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, c2011
ISBN: 0810152169
9780810152168
Branch Call Number: 811.54 F5147h 2011
Characteristics: xv, 97 p. ;,22 cm
Alternate Title: Head off and split

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