Poems Selected & New
Sarabande Books, 9781889330402, 160pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2000
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The poems of Multitudes comprise an African American opera of towering ambition and scope: there are arias and recitatives, whispers and shouts, growls and coos, formal interludes and symphonic improvisation, all set within a revelatory social and cultural context.In this aptly-titled collection, Weaver's poetry ranges from works of lyrical intensity to sharply etched portrait poems, straightforward narratives, and verse of experimental daring, such as the breathtakingly associative Composition..., which, among its many effects, brilliantly satirizes postmodern literary ethos.This is also a book that embodies the fraught matter of African American masculinity, in a way that a thousand essays could not begin to match. Weaver writes with rare grace, power, and honesty; he is a poet whose work is to be not only read, but treasured.