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Head Off & Split: Poems by Nikky Finney

Head Off & Split: Poems (edition 2011)

by Nikky Finney

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Title:Head Off & Split: Poems
Authors:Nikky Finney
Info:Triquarterly (2011), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 80 pages
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This is borderline 5 stars, but I thought a couple of the poems in the first section were considerably weaker than the rest of the collection. That's not much of a criticism, though, as Finney sets the bar very high. Her poems are impassioned, accessible, and crackling with energy. She tends to write fairly long lines and pack a lot of ideas into her poems. The two title poems, which frame the collection, are powerful explorations of what it means to grow up, the ambivalence with which we can view our homes, our families, and our pasts. I love love love the are poetica that concludes the collection, and as a bonus, the latest paperback edition includes Finney's electric acceptance speech from the National Book Awards ceremony. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
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The poems in Nikky Finney's breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life: from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finney s poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mother s wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American president s final State of the Union address.

Artful and intense, Finney's poems ask us to be mindful of what we fraction, fragment, cut off, dice, dishonor, or throw away, powerfully evoking both the lawless and the sublime.

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"With Head Off & Split, Nikky Finney establishes herself as one of the most eloquent, urgent, fearless and necessary poets writing in America today. What makes this book as important as anything published in the last decade is the irresistible music, the formal dexterity and the imaginative leaps she makes with metaphor and language in these simply stunning poems. This is a very, very important achievement."--Kwame Dawes, author of Hope's Hospice --Book Jacket.… (more)

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