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Finders : Poems

Parson-Nesbitt, Julie

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ISBN 10: 093112283X / ISBN 13: 9780931122835
Published by West End Press, 1996
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Title: Finders : Poems

Publisher: West End Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Edition

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This is a Chicago book of poems with a historybehind it. The author navigates the street-wiseworld of the personal, comes to terms with loveand interracial marriage, and offers a complexpolitical response to her Jewish heritage. Herwriting breathes a spirit of independence reminiscent of Emma Lazarus, Emma Goldman, andAdrienne Rich.

From Publishers Weekly:

In her accessible, often powerful debut, Parson-Nesbitt, a Chicago native, mines that city's multicultural history and energy to inform her gritty, graceful poems about identity and contemporary urban life. Buoyed by a quiet sense of humor, and in an eloquent free-verse style, the collection carries the commanding colloquial rhythm of a spoken-word performance. The poems weave autobiography-elements like her Jewish background, her marriage to an African American man (to which roughly a third of the book's poems are devoted) and her work as an ESL teacher-with broader themes of race and nationality that, like the exploration of Auschwitz and contemporary racial hatred in "Memorial," are grounded in particulars: "To love most/ in yourself what others would gladly/ kill you for/ is to know exactly/ who you are." In the impressive six-section poem, "Twelfth Tribe," the poet addresses tragedy in Brooklyn's Crown Heights with faulty memories of her own orthodox Jewish grandfather ("I remember my grandfather/ in the parts of myself/ I invent for a past/ that has immigrants, prayers,/ and an American river"). Parson-Nesbitt's most memorable poems dissolve the boundaries between the personal, social and political.

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