Maroon is the debut collection of Haitian-American poet Danielle Legros Georges, who writes of the pain of exile, the beauty of nature, and the delights of love in highly rhythmic, highly original language. The range of her voice is remarkable— from the comic to the tragic to the lyric. Her poetry is electric with an overpowering zest for life and vitality of language, as she examines the traumatic experiences that brought her parents to America and searches for a more complete understanding of self.
I. To and From Buttercup A Dream: The Clock is Melting Songs for Women Hen Hen Hen musing palimpsest dress Night Watch Attached Maroon Fishing small i How to Kiss A Painting at the Met
II. Another Ode to Salt Boston Back Yard Mrs. Jean-Louis Listens to the Doctor, Boston City Hospital Family Portrait Airfield Accents in Degrees Stones for Libations My Father is Dogon Anacaona Nova The List Grows Vellum Praisesong for Port-au-Prince Fin Wè Mò St. Francesco Ogoun General Sun
III. Vexed Compas Fillette Looking Up Our Water Writing Lesson on the Lawn
IV. Everyone Loves a Good Villain A Cut At the Basketball Hall of Fame Grasshopper Hostage The Yellow Forms of Paradise
Danielle Legros Georges was born in Haiti and raised in the U.S. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, and her work is widely anthologized. Her many awards for writing include a LEF Foundation Fellowship and a MacDowell Fellowship. Maroon was her first book-length publication. She is currently the Poet Laureate of the city of Boston and a professor at Lesley University.
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