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"When the Family Moved to New Orleans"
A Hard Summation
by Afaa Michael Weaver
5 x 7 | 44 pages | Poetry
Publication Date: July 2014
A HARD SUMMATION is a suite of 13 new poems, covering the history of African Americans from the Middle Passage to Now. Like a rite of passage, struggle has been unyielding and synonymous with the black experience in America. In this rich compilation, Weaver unearths a genealogical deficit that permeates through generations. But in this collection, you won’t hear the poems cry foul or attempt to appease friend or offend foe. Its intention is hardly to be conclusive. When you add it all up, A HARD SUMMATION offers us an opportunity to listen, celebrate, commemorate, and appreciate the successes and failures of the past in order to develop a current and contextual understanding of what it means to be Black and American.
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