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Fathering Words: The Making of an African…

Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer

by E. Ethelbert Miller

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Often the father is more than absent; he is lost, as he has been lost to himself for most of his adult life, crushed by his burdens, rendered impotent by fatigue and anxieties, reduced to a number,  a statistical integer, in the army or the factory of the marketplace. The son goes in search of the father, to be reconciled in a healing embrace. In that act of love he restores his father's lost pride and manhood. Perhaps he also finds himself.

Stanley Kunitz
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.
Soren Kierkegaard
This book is dedicated to the four women who helped with the mothering of Fathering Words:

Denise King-Miller
Jenny Bent
Meri Danquah
Don Mee Choi
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The day after my brother died, Carmen, one of his neighbors, said she saw him walking his dog.
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With ample insight, candor, and lyricism, poet, scholar, editor, and anthologist E. Ethelbert Miller reflects in these pages on his childhood in the South Bronx, his college days at Howard University, and his ongoing development as a husband, father, poet, and African American author. Fathering Words explores how Miller's family and friends shaped his life—in particular, his father Egberto, who came to the U.S. from Panama, and his older brother Richard, who became a monk and died young. With straightforward honesty punctuated by humor and warmth, the quietly pensive Miller offers a memoir of individual as well as universal truth—an original yet familiar story of fathers and sons, families and responsibilities, artistry and awareness.

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