The Age of Phillis Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

The Age of Phillis

Author: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
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Book Title
The Age of Phillis
Author
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
ISBN
9780819579492
Poems imagine the life and times of Phillis Wheatley In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honor e Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. Woven throughout are poems about Wheatley's "age"--the era that encompassed political, philosophical, and religious upheaval, as well as the transatlantic slave trade. For the first time in verse, Wheatley's relationship to black people and their individual "mercies" is foregrounded, and here we see her as not simply a racial or literary symbol, but a human being who lived and loved while making her indelible mark on history. mothering #1Yaay, Someplace in the Gambia, c. 1753 afterthe after-birthis deliveredthe mother stopsholding her breaththe mid-wife giveswhat came beforeher just-washed painher insanity painan undeserved paina God-given painoh oh oh paindrum-talking painwitnessing painAllaha mother offersYou this giftprays You findit acceptableher living painher creature painher pretty-little-babypainBinding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Honorée Fanonne JeffersPublisher: Wesleyan University PressPublished: 03/03/2020ISBN: 9780819579492Pages: 200Weight: 1.10lbsSize: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.00dReview Citations: Library Journal 03/01/2020 pg. 93
Poems imagine the life and times of Phillis Wheatley

In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honor e Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. Woven throughout are poems about Wheatley's "age"--the era that encompassed political, philosophical, and religious upheaval, as well as the transatlantic slave trade. For the first time in verse, Wheatley's relationship to black people and their individual "mercies" is foregrounded, and here we see her as not simply a racial or literary symbol, but a human being who lived and loved while making her indelible mark on history.

mothering #1
Yaay, Someplace in the Gambia, c. 1753

after
the after-birth
is delivered
the mother stops
holding her breath
the mid-wife gives
what came before
her just-washed pain
her insanity pain
an undeserved pain
a God-given pain
oh oh oh pain
drum-talking pain
witnessing pain
Allah
a mother offers
You this gift
prays You find
it acceptable
her living pain
her creature pain
her pretty-little-baby
pain

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Published: 03/03/2020
ISBN: 9780819579492
Pages: 200
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Library Journal 03/01/2020 pg. 93
Poems imagine the life and times of Phillis Wheatley

In 1773, a young, African American woman named Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry that challenged Western prejudices about African and female intellectual capabilities. Based on fifteen years of archival research, The Age of Phillis, by award-winning writer Honor e Fanonne Jeffers, imagines the life and times of Wheatley: her childhood in the Gambia, West Africa, her life with her white American owners, her friendship with Obour Tanner, and her marriage to the enigmatic John Peters. Woven throughout are poems about Wheatley's "age"--the era that encompassed political, philosophical, and religious upheaval, as well as the transatlantic slave trade. For the first time in verse, Wheatley's relationship to black people and their individual "mercies" is foregrounded, and here we see her as not simply a racial or literary symbol, but a human being who lived and loved while making her indelible mark on history.

mothering #1
Yaay, Someplace in the Gambia, c. 1753

after
the after-birth
is delivered
the mother stops
holding her breath
the mid-wife gives
what came before
her just-washed pain
her insanity pain
an undeserved pain
a God-given pain
oh oh oh pain
drum-talking pain
witnessing pain
Allah
a mother offers
You this gift
prays You find
it acceptable
her living pain
her creature pain
her pretty-little-baby
pain

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Published: 03/03/2020
ISBN: 9780819579492
Pages: 200
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.00d

Review Citations: Library Journal 03/01/2020 pg. 93