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Williams, John A.

ISBN 10: 0969934920 / ISBN 13: 9780969934929
Published by Hochelaga Press, 1998
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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78pp. Deep purple pictorial Card Cover. SIGNED on title page. John A. Williams has been described as "arguably the finest Afro-American novelist of his generation." This Williams first book of poetry, his first love. Bookseller Inventory # 009781

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Publisher: Hochelaga Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Card Cover with French Flap

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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With the publication of Safari West, John A. Williams turns to poetry, his first love, while never straying from his exploration of the African-American experience and the issues he's examined since writing The Angry Ones in 1960.

The poems range in time from 1953's "The Cool Ones" and "The Age of Bop" through 1997, reminiscent at times of Langston Hughes or Robert Hayden, but always John A. Williams: the observant, telling detail; the visceral image that plays off the measured meter and structured rhymes; the consistent and insistent voice that cries 'I am.'

Many of the poems included in Safari West appear here in print for the first time, including four, "Many Thousand Gone: Version 95," "John Brown," "Nat Turner's Profession" and "Moremi," from the libretto of Williams' opera, Vanqui.

Safari West is a powerful collection of poetry, one of resonance, one of importance, from one of the great voices in African-American letters.

John A. Williams and Safari West are winners of the 1998 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

From the Back Cover:

Re-imaginings of the Middle Passage, Nat Turner and John Brown; World War II revisited; a boy's shared meal with his overalled father during the Depression; a poignant meditation on the fortresses suburban house have become. What binds these disparate poems together and endows them with authority is the voice of the poet John A. Williams a voice of warmth, humanity, and searching honesty. (Rachel Hadas)

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