The Age of Phillis

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Wesleyan University Press
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6.1 X 9.2 X 1.0 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
HONORÉE FANONNE JEFFERS is a poet whose work examines culture, religion, history, and family. She is the author of four other books of poetry, including The Glory Gets, and the recipient of the 2018 Harper Lee Award for Literary Distinction, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress. An elected member of the American Antiquarian Society, she teaches creative writing at the University of Oklahoma where she is a professor of English.
"With her latest volume, award-winning poet Jeffers presents an arresting and meticulously researched collection of poems imagining the life of remarkable life and revolutionary work of Phillis Wheatley."--Karla Strand, Ms. magazine

"'Morning shards, and a mother wondered/ if her daughter forgot her real name' writes Honorée Fanonne Jeffers in the poem 'An Issue of Mercy #1' in her latest collection. In this vast, imaginative opus on Black female genius, Fanonne Jeffers excavates the figure of Phillis Wheatley Peters, the first Black woman to publish a book in America. Here, too, is a virtuosic deconstruction of the figure of Phillis, stolen from her home in the Gambia at age 7 and enslaved in America during the 18th century - and what she means as a representation of this time in our history that's still influencing American social institutions and life today in relation to power, agency and the histories that are told."--Hope Wabuke