Voyage of the sable venus : And Other Poems. / Robin Coste Lewis.
- ISBN: 9781101875445 (electronic bk)
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2015.
A stunning poetry debut: this meditation on the black female figure through time introduces us to a brave and penetrating new voice.Robin Coste Lewis's electrifying collection is a triptych that begins and ends with lyric poems meditating on the roles desire and race play in the construction of the self. In the center of the collection is the title poem, "Voyage of the Sable Venus," an amazing narrative made up entirely of titles of artworks from ancient times to the present--titles that feature or in some way comment on the black female figure in Western art. Bracketed by Lewis's own autobiographical poems, "Voyage" is a tender and shocking meditation on the fragmentary mysteries of stereotype, juxtaposing our names for things with what we actually see and know. A new understanding of biography and the self, this collection questions just where, historically, do ideas about the black female figure truly begin--five hundred years ago, five thousand, or even longer?...
Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 2702 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
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