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Eve L. Ewing

Book - 2017

Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing's narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances; blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects: hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook as precious icons.

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Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books 2017.
Main Author
Eve L. Ewing (author)
Item Description
Collected poetry, narrative prose, and visual art.
Physical Description
ix, 90 pages ; illustrations ; cm
  • True stories. Secret decoder ring
  • Arrival day
  • The first time [a re-telling]
  • The device
  • Artifacts
  • Four boys on Ellis [a re-telling]
  • Sestina with Matthew Henson's fur suit
  • True stories about Koko Taylor
  • From A Map Home
  • Another time [a re-telling]
  • Note from LeBron James to LeBron James
  • Excerpts from an Interview with Metta World Peace, a.k.a. Ron Artest, a.k.a. the Panda's friend
  • How I arrived
  • Oil and water. Shea butter manifesto
  • Appletree
  • I thought it was a spider
  • What I mean when I say I'm sharpening your oyster knife
  • To Stacey, as you were
  • Why you cannot touch my hair
  • Ode to Luster's Pink Oil
  • One thousand and one ways to touch your own face
  • To the notebook kid
  • Thursday morning, Newbury Street
  • Letters from the flatlands. On Prince
  • Origin story
  • Sonnet
  • Chicago is a chorus of barking dogs
  • Montage in a car
  • The discount megamall (in memoriam)
  • I come from the fire city
  • Hood run: a poem in five acts
  • One good time for Marilyn Mosby
  • Columbus Hospital
  • Ekphrasis, parts II-V
  • What I talk about when I talk about Black Jesus
  • At work with my father
  • Fullerton Avenue
  • Tuesday
  • Requiem for fifth period and the things that went on then
  • Untitled anti-elegy
  • Affirmation.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In this stunning debut, poet and sociologist Ewing brings to bear a variety of forms and mediums-including the prose poem, the lyric, mixed media collage, handwritten notes and ephemera, and the verse play-on set of related questions about the nature of art and politics. Ewing ponders what the "big fireworks" of the imagination make possible for social justice, asking how "the places we invent" can change the ways we negotiate a broken system in which the realities of a city block's crumbling infrastructure and economic destitution can limit the potential of the individual and collective alike. As the book unfolds, Ewing further refines her lines of inquiry; her subtle, provocative exploration of the boundaries between self and world allows a striking and visionary topography to take shape. Midway through the collection, Ewing writes, "I mean I never met a dish of horseradish I didn't like./ I mean you're a twisted and ugly root/ and I'm the pungent, stinging firmness inside./ I mean I look so good." In apprehending the world she clarifies her sense of self, its boundaries, and its possibilities. Throughout the collection, Ewing calls attention to her inner experience and the material conditions in which they formed, unearthing the small treasures that can foster greater change. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

Blending poetry, prose, and illustration, this ambitious and inventive debut collection from University of Chicago sociologist Ewing offers the coming-of-age story of a young African American woman told with raw indignation ("We, the forgotten Delta people,/ the dry riverbed people"), close observation ("the slick of you and the smell of sugar and hot plastic," of Luster's Pink Oil), and triumph ("Sometimes being an artist means walking faster than everybody,/ shedding your clothes/ like the devil dressed you in his own best ideas"). The result effectively portrays both growing up and growing up black, mediated through a tremendous sense of physicality. VERDICT Smart and widely appealing. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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