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Dark Legs and Silk Kisses

The Beatitudes of the Spinners

Angela Jackson


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Winner of the Carl Sandburg Award for Poetry

Angela Jackson brings her remarkable linguistic and poetic gifts to the articulation of African-American experience. The recurrent motif of the spider, which she presents as both creator and predator, demonstrates her deliberate reshaping of myth in the context of contemporary human experience. Informed by African-American speech and poetic traditions, yet uniquely her own, these poems display Jackson's stylistic grace, her exuberance and vitality of spirit, and her emotional sensitivity and psychological insight.

Praise For Dark Legs and Silk Kisses: The Beatitudes of the Spinners

"Hopefully this large collection will earn for Angela Jackson the extensive enthusiasm she has long deserved. She is a poet, novelist, and playwright who has known, for long, what is right for her attention and scrupulous investigation." —Gwendolyn Brooks

​"This is an impressive and intelligent book that makes my skin crawl." —Harvard Review

"Jackson's ear is keen; her memory of traditions is crystal clear." —Feminist Bookstore News

TriQuarterly, 9780810150010, 103pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 1993

About the Author

ANGELA JACKSON is a Chicago poet, playwright, and novelist. She was named Illinois Poet Laureate in 2020. She has received numerous honors for both fiction and poetry, including the Pushcart Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Her poetry collection, All These Roads Be Luminous, was nominated for the National Book Award, and her debut novel, Where I Must Go, won the American Book Award. In addition to Comfort Stew, Jackson has written three other plays: Witness!Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love, and Lightfoot: The Crystal Stair.