Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Worlds of Elizabeth Alexander
This summer, I'll work at an institute on African American poetry, so of course, I've been re-reading Elizabeth Alexander's work. She's a foundational and gateway poet for me, or as I've said, she's a crucial connector. Her works really are touchstones for all kinds of topics that appear throughout African American poetry.
Although I own several of her books -- pictured above -- I'm still missing a few of her books. That's a problem I'll correct over the next month or so.
Alexander reminds me of some of my favorite black arts era writers in the sense that she produces works across genres, especially poetry and essays. She's also an editor, and her home department for the last 15 years has been in African American Studies, not creative writing.
The mix of her varied interests and travels fuse into her poetry, or her poetry fuses into her mix of interests. And so what we end up with while reading are these worlds of Elizabeth Alexander.
• Elizabeth Alexander