More Than Meat and Raiment: Poems (Paperback)

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Angela Jackson returns with a poetic collage that draws on imagery from the African American South and the South Side of Chicago, storytelling, the Black Arts Movement, and Hausa folklore. Deftly intertwining narrative and free verse, she expresses the complexities, beauty, and haunts of the multilayered Black voice. Jackson offers a stirring mixture of the music, food, and soul that have come to characterize her lyrical work.
The speakers of these poems reflect on memory and saga, history and legend. Voices recall evenings spent catching fireflies with a younger sister, the aroma of homemade rolls, the father who squeezes papers into his wallet alongside bills in order to appear wealthy (“a flock of green birds rustling inside / to get out for some extravagance”). A Black girl watches TV and dreams of the perfect partner. A citizen contends with the unrelenting devastation of police violence in a work reminiscent of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “verse journalism.” A mother loses her daughter only to witness her rebirth: “Praise be / the human being / that is being.”
In “For Our People,” an homage to Margaret Walker, Jackson summons the resilience and imagination of African Americans, celebrating “each of us injured or exalted, betrayer or betrayed, muted / and declamatory, all one, each of us all of us, each a private star beloved in the universe.” Lauded as one of American poetry’s most vivid voices, Jackson continues her reign among the country’s foremost wordsmiths. This sublime collection delves deep into the porch stories and folktales that have carried the Black voice through all its histories.

About the Author

ANGELA JACKSON is a Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist who has received numerous honors for both fiction and poetry. And All These Roads Be Luminous: Poems Selected and New (TriQuarterly, 1998) was nominated for the National Book Award, and It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time: Poems (TriQuarterly, 2015) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, among other honors. Her debut work of fiction, Where I Must Go: A Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2009), won the American Book Award, and its sequel, Roads, Where There Are No Roads: A Novel (TriQuarterly, 2017), won the 2018 John Gardner Fiction Prize. The author of four plays, including Comfort Stew (Northwestern University Press, 2019), Jackson currently serves as the Illinois Poet Laureate.

Praise For…

“James Baldwin called for 'a sentence as clean as a bone.' In her rangy new collection, Angela Jackson not only heeds that call but pushes past it, into subjects as elemental as bone—deeper than flesh, more essential than clothes. Peeling away surface layers to unveil raw truths, Jackson presents both the 'terror and delight' of African American experience. A poet whose courage matches her craft, Jackson offers a book of 'intelligent toughness,' written 'under the pressure of impregnable loss and dear / inherited hope.'” —Gregory Fraser, author of Little Armageddon: Poems (TriQuarterly Books, 2021)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780810144569
ISBN-10: 0810144565
Publisher: TriQuarterly
Publication Date: January 15th, 2022
Pages: 192
Language: English