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Her first book of poetry. Not issued in hard cover.
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One of two winners of an annual Washington, D.C.-area competition sponsored by the publisher, this collection offers slice-of-life poems that center on the experiences of black women. Eschewing political rhetoric, Clair juxtaposes images of everyday events to convey her sense that life is a struggle against gravity: "Speeding down this elevator shaft this morning/ I am struck by the imperceptible/ difference between riding/ and falling." Her more effective poems combine harsh realism and gritty detail with a dialect rooted in black culture, evocative of the rhythms and intonations of jazz and jive. In "For Jesse Who Froze to Death," Clair elegizes: "Winter's a hard core Big Mamma, Jesse./ We've seen her snowflakes/ stripping their lace,/ throwing their bodies down/ with no grace,/ yes, we know her. . . . / She's a junkie, Jesse,/her stuff's uncut,/ she'll steal your life/if you nod." Unfortunately, Claire's work is frequently facile, where the banalities of daily existence are her starting point and finish line.
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Book Description Washington Writer's Publishing, 1988. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110931846323
Book Description Washington Writer's Publishing House, 1988. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0931846323