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Elegy for Etheridge : poems / Pinkie Gordon Lane.

Author/Creator:
Lane, Pinkie Gordon.
Publication:
Baton Rouge, La. : Louisiana State University Press, 2000.
Format/Description:
Book
74 pages ; 24 cm
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Form/Genre:
Poetry.
Poetry.
Summary:
In Elegy for Etheridge, Pinkie Gordon Lane embraces the reader with a heartfelt invitation to shared human experiences. She quietly observes the panorama of life that surrounds us all, writing of family and friends, trees and owls, the exploitation of women on welfare, and the devastation of the natural environment. In so doing, she acknowledges the most intimate agenda of our lives, loves, and losses.
Although Pinkie Gordon Lane is a native of Philadelphia, the metaphorical imagery in her poetry -- the primary component of her literary style -- is inspired by the southern landscape, especially Louisiana, her home for over forty years. A sense of loss permeates this engaging collection, loss of both loved ones and of love. In "Songs to the Dialysis Machine, " Lane assumes the voice of her late husband, who -- in the years before his death -- depended on the device that "sucks the life-flowing blood / and sends it back / as a promised gift." "Love Poems: Epitaph for the Blues" speaks of the pain and guilt -- though not unmixed with joy -- that pervade an illicit love affair: "Darkness gathers brightly / and my demon starlets dance / like tinseled ghosts on a saint's night." In the title poem, Lane laments the passing of black poet Etheridge Knight, who spent many of his years in prison.
Lane's melodic verses beg to be read aloud, to be set to music. Her lyrical elegies affirm the late critic and poet Stephen Henderson's assessment of her work as "a crucial reminder that we can't afford to sacrifice any of our experience."
Contents:
Violins
On being head of the English department
When you read this poem
Message
Sexual privacy of women on welfare
Lyric
I have forgotten
A Christmas tale
On this Louisiana day
Poem for Sue Owen
Elegy for Etheridge
Letter to a son: a prose poem
Another poem for Gordon
Dying
Found poems
Body language
Two owl poems
Gulls
Hallet's Peak
Trail Ridge Road
Campanile
Night scene
Eulogy on the death of trees
Nuclear peril
Environmental poem
Port Townsend poems
Misissippi River poems
Songs to the dialysis machine
Love poems: epitaph for the blues.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
2000
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
080712544X
0807125458
OCLC:
43964874