Nostalgia for a Trumpet

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ISBN 978-1-882688-35-7
Publication Date
April 2008
Page Count
80 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Nostalgia for a Trumpet

Poems of Memory and History
Susan D Anderson

Sometimes in our culture it seems that poetry has become tiny. It should be huge. It should be the whale that swallows the world and gives it back to us transformed. Susan Anderson's work shapes passion on the page, utilizing a variety of personas, delving into the past of a person or a place, taking sides, making an argument. She's keenly attuned to the eloquence of the voiceless, portraying the spiritual resourcefulness of the people whose culture she was not only born into, but chose to embrace.


The stories of ordinary life are the substance of history; the passage of events is reflected in daily intimacies. Through these intricacies, African Americans have provided their gifts to the world. Susan Anderson's poetry strives to contain some bits of their music and history, justice and love, which is woven into every corner of America, and so the world.

About the Author

Susan Anderson teaches, speaks, and writes about African American history, politics, and culture, with an emphasis on California and the West. She is the managing director of “L.A. as Subject,” an association of libraries and archives hosted by the University of Southern California. She has been a Visiting Professor at Pitzer College in Claremont and is a contributor to the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion. Her poetry, short fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century (University of California Press) and in publications such as The Nation, LA Weekly, LA Architect, Mother Jones, Quarterly Review of Black Literature, The Massachusetts Review, ONTHEBUS, First Intensity, The Antioch Review, Fast Talk/Full Volume, Xavier Review, 5 AM, Art Against Racism/L'Art Contre Le Racisme (an international exhibition in Vancouver, B.C.), The Black Scholar, Electrum, rara avis, Ten Contemporary American Poets, Life in L.A.: A Portfolio of Women's Writing, and Obsidian II: A Review of Black Literature, among others.