By Amy Benson Brown
The Book of Sarah
Praise for The Book of Sarah
“What a brave and beautiful book. The Book of Sarah documents the horrors of slavery and engages with our histories in ways that have so much to teach us. ‘History is /memory spinning / on a potter’s wheel,’ Brown observes. Memory, these poems show us, is dangerous and ever-changing. And it must be listened to. This debut collection reveals the American past in a new light.” Nicole Cooley, Professor of English and Creative Writing, Queens College-City University of New York.
“Brown has fashioned a book of poems that is breathtaking to read. With its Biblical resonance and its keen insight into the multiple dimensions of one woman’s life, her love of family white and black, her stubborn faith in ‘a generation come / to right this wrecked Eden,’ this is a book to treasure not only for its history but for its meaning now, in time present.” Alicia Ostriker, Professor Emeriti of English at Rutgers University.
The Book of Sarah is a splendid volume. The poems are a superb reflection of Sarah’s life and spirituality, and would b valuable to use in classes about the pre-Civil War abolition movement.”
Barbara DeWolfe, Curator of Manuscripts, Clements Library, University of Michigan.
“The Grimké family is a most worthy poetic subject and Brown renders the characters with tenderness and clarity.” Natasha Trethewey, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University
The Book of Sarah, published by Turning Point (2011), is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Charis Books & More.
Listen to Dana Goldman’s interview with Brown and hear the author read two poems from The Book of Sarah.
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Rewriting the Word
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Women writers have often felt alienated from both the Bible and the canonical literary tradition that has been built on its foundation. Yet contemporary American women writers seem to be as haunted by the Bible as their nineteenth-century predecessors. This study of feminist biblical revision argues that women writers’ contentious dialogues with the Bible ultimately reconstruct the writers’ own basis of authority. The author traces the evolution of this phenomenon from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and analyzes biblical revision in works by Emily Dickinson, H.D., Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Gloria Naylor, and Toni Morrison.