A. Van Jordan Rise

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In this superb and eagerly anticipated debut collection by the young African American poet A. Van Jordan, the energy and music of Jordan's language, his honesty of feeling and of truth telling, are matched by his freshness and power. His stuff shines, sweat pours off it, says Joy Harjo. And there is a kind of solidity and reality in Jordan's poems that display varieties of experience and depths of meditation too rarely found in contemporary American poetry.

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A. Van Jordan was born in Akron, Ohio, and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is a founding member of the Poison Clan Collective and a member of the Cave Canem Workshop. He has taught at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, and Prince George's Community College in Largo, Maryland, and with AmeriCorps's WritersCorps in Washington, D.C. In 1995 he was awarded a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Literary Fellowship.

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From "The Devil Clears His Names of Rumors Surrounding the Death of Robert L. Johnson:"

Had you entered the road house that night,
You would have heard ice cubes gossiping in drinks,
Men's hands rubbing women's thighs
Like brushes on cymbals,
Robert L's guitar,
Nervous and sweating.
You would have seen another man walking in his woman's shadow,
His cheeks pin-striped with tears.

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