It Seems Like A Mighty Long Time

It Seems Like A Mighty Long Time

Poems

Book - 2015
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Angela Jackson's latest collection of poetry borrows its title from a lyric in Barbara Lewis's 1963 hit single "Hello Stranger," recorded at Chess Records in Chicago. Like the song, Jackson's poems are a melodic ode to the African American experience, informed by both individual lives and community history, from the arrival of the first African slave in Virginia in 1619 to post-Obama America.

It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time reflects the maturity of Jackson's poetic vision. The Great Migration, the American South, and Chicago all serve as signposts, but it is the complexity of individual lives--both her own and those who have gone before, walk beside, and come after--that invigorate this collection. Upon surveying so vast a landscape, Jackson finds that sorrow meets delight, and joy lifts up anger and despair. And for all this time, love is the agent, the wise and just rule and guide.

Publisher: Evanston, Illinois :, TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9780810130517
0810130513
9780810168176
Branch Call Number: 811.54 J132i 2015
Characteristics: xiii, 124 pages ; 22 cm

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