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The poems in this book display a profound concern for humanity and challenge the proposition that anything is ordinary. The first section ('days of protest/night of peace') expresses solidarity with poor and war-ravaged people in Central and South America and in South Africa. The second section ('dead flowers') is a collection of love poems, and the last section ('poems from blue mountain') focuses on African American folklore. The illustrations by Carlos Arrien complement the poems in strength and sensitivity. And, in this second edition, John Cavanagh gives an introduction grounding the poetry here in the political agonies and hopes of recent years, and ends with a salute to Miller himself: "Feast on his words."
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E. Ethelbert Miller is a founding member and the current chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a commissioner of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as an associate faculty member of Bennington College, and as the Jessie Ball DuPont Scholar at Emory and Henry College. Miller has won several honors, including the 1995 O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize and an honorary doctorate of literature from Emory & Henry College. He is also the editor of several anthologies, including In Search of Color Everywhere. His memoir, Following Words: The Making of an African American Writer, was published in 2000.
As always, E. Ethelbert Miller conjures the smoke and fire we associate with love and politics. The versatile coming together of opposites; the welding of wholes; the traumas of the dialectic of loving between the sheets or behind myriad steel bars.
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