Songlines in Michaeltree
New and Collected Poems
Awards and Recognition:
• Stephen Henderson Award, African American Literature and Culture Society (AALCS), 2013
• Author is a recipient of the Frost Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Poetry Society of America, 2008
Songlines in Michaeltree is the long-awaited collected poems--with the sparkling addition of some new ones--of one of America's most revered poets.
Hailed by critics as a distinctive and powerful presence in contemporary American poetry, Michael S. Harper is an artist and a truth teller who tempers his astonishing technical virtuosity with a compassionate and healing vision. A keen observer and a potent commentator, Harper calls a complacent society vigorously to account while cradling the wounded and remembering the lost. Calling Harper "one of the finest poets of our time . . . [and] one of the most human and humane,"
George Cuomo of the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle observed, "Harper's poetry has drawn its vitality from the incredible energy of his language and the honesty of his perceptions." Songlines in Michaeltree is a magnificent celebration of Harper's continuing, unstinting gifts.
"The songlines in this collection are rootlines back to the best poems of thirty-plus years, and new shoots and branches greening the new season of Michael S. Harper's poetic project. . . . Songlines in Michaeltree reminds us of how boldly he explores the outer reaches of love and grievance, so that he might find the fresher pitches, fresher phrasings, of a love supreme--peace on earth."--Robert B. Stepto
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