9780814336182-0814336183-allegiance (Made in Michigan Writers Series)

allegiance (Made in Michigan Writers Series)

ISBN-13: 9780814336182
ISBN-10: 0814336183
Author: harris, francine j.
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Format: Paperback 128 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780814336182
ISBN-10: 0814336183
Author: harris, francine j.
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Format: Paperback 128 pages

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Acknowledged authors harris, francine j. wrote allegiance (Made in Michigan Writers Series) comprising 128 pages back in 2012. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0814336183 and 9780814336182. Since then allegiance (Made in Michigan Writers Series) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The full-length debut from francine j. harris, allegiance is about Detroit, sort of. Although many of the poems are inspired by and dwell in the spaces of the city, this collection does not revel in any of the cliché cultural tropes normally associated with Detroit. Instead, these poems artfully explore life in a city where order coexists with chaos and much is lost in social and physical breakdown. Narrative poems on the hazards, betrayals, and annoyances of city life mix with impressionistic poems that evoke the natural world, as harris grapples with issues of beauty and horror, loyalty and individuality, and memory and loss on Detroit's complicated canvas.

In twelve sections, harris introduces readers to loungers and bystanders, prisoners' wives, poets pictured on book jackets, Caravaggio's Jesus, and city priests. She leads readers past the lone house on the block that cannot be walked down, through layers of discarded objects in the high school yard, and into various classrooms, bars, and living rooms. Shorter poems highlight the persistence of nature-in water, weeds, orchids, begonias, insects, pigeons, and pheasants. Some poems convey a sense of the underbelly, desire, and disgust while others treat issues of religion, both in institutional settings and personal prayers. In her honest but unsentimental voice, harris layers personal history and rich details to explore how our surroundings shape our selves and what allegiance we owe them when they have turned almost everything to ashes.

Throughout allegiance, harris presents herself as an extraordinarily perceptive poet with a compelling and original voice. Poetry lovers will appreciate this exciting debut collection.

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