Singing the Bones Together

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ISBN 978-1-882688-28-9
Publication Date
August 2003
Page Count
80 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Singing the Bones Together

Angela Shannon

Angela Shannon's poems bridge the real world of work, hardship, and celebration, and the spirit world of ancestors, remembrance, and faith. Singing the Bones Together brings to us this poet's marvelous talent for capturing the eloquent idiom and protean genius of seemingly ordinary black folks. Shannon's voice is genuinely new--through her characters, she gives dramatic expression to experience and feeling, and she possesses a gift for lyric poems of intimate intensity and a keen consciousness of the shared past. The historical sweep of her work is from the Middle Passage to post-integration America, and her characters--living and dead, human and in nature--create a sweet and indomitable polyphony of voices. Shannon's poems vividly imagine the thought and feeling of black women, but she also makes water, trees, nameless ghosts, and familiar spirits speak of struggle, vindication, sorrow, and hard-won love.

About the Author
Angela Shannon was born in Oklahoma and raised in Tampa, Florida. After a decade of living and writing in Chicago, she moved to Minneapolis with her husband, poet and theater critic Rohan Preston, where they live today with their children. Shannon's poetry has been published in TriQuarterly, Ploughshares and other magazines, and her choreopoem, Root Woman, premiered at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theater in Evanston, Illinois, in 2001. She has won a poetry fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council and a Mentor Award from The Loft in Minneapolis, where she has also taught. She received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College.