Head off & Split
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 intenseMore »
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.nbsp; nbsp; 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.« Less
The hard * headed
My time up with you
The Condoleezza suite
Concerto no. 5: Condoleezza & intransigence
Concerto no. 7: Condoleezza (working out) at the Watergate
Concerto no. 11: Condoleezza and the Chickering
Concerto no. 12: Condoleezza visits NYC (during hurricane season)
The head * over * heels
Thunderbolt of Jove
Shaker: Wilma Rudolph appears while riding the Althea Gibson Highway home
Brown girl levitation, 1962-1989
The head * waters
Dancing with Strom
Negroes with guns
Men who give milk I
Penguin, mullet, bread
Liberty Street seafood
Head off & split
Instruction, final: to brown poets from black girl with silver Leica
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