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 What a gifted poet. Precise. Knowing. So lovely and so incredibly lyrical. Her heart

and hands, so well-read and so well-traveled. These poems fly with grace on the wings

of so many different forms--the voice shimmering

 

 

Books by Monifa Love

 

Dreaming Underground  / Freedom in the Dismal / My Magic Pours Secret Libations

 

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Dreaming Underground

Poems

By Monifa A. Love

Winner of the 2003 Naomi Madgett Poetry Award

Second collection of poetry by author of an award-winning novel, Freedom in the Dismal.

What a gifted poet. Precise. Knowing. So lovely and so incredibly lyrical. Her heart and hands, so well-read and so well-traveled. These poems fly with grace on the wings of so many different forms--the voice shimmering. The human objects of her poetic attention so unforgettable; an uncle as eminent teacher and the musical oxygen of Leontyne Price that lingered long after her mother's funeral. Superb. The poet is drawn to striking deep imagistic tenderness with each stroke. Lightning swift turns and twists of phrase abound. Solid and unpretentious. Unwavering and acoustically reverent. A thoughtful unforgettable poetic solar system is born here.Nikki Finney, author of Rice

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Freedom in the Dismal

A Novel by Monifa A. Love

Winner of Plover's 1997 Fiction Contest

The myriad gifts of Monifa Love . . . all come together as she writes the Great African-American Novel. This is banner-like writing that waves like a flag over the nation within the nation within the continent.

--Robert Ferris Thompson, author of Flash of the Spirit

Freedom in the Dismal is an excellent book!!!!! It is very moving and powerful because the characters are so wonderfully developed and negotiated within the work. Love does a great job of conveying the harships and pleasures that accompany the lives of two riveting lovers and their families. Love guides the reader through a multitude of emotions and experiences--this work cannot and should not be tossed off lightly. Instead it should be honored for its meticulous detail and intrinsic passion. I gladly give it five stars and do not doubt that others will enjoy it as much as I did. Brava to Love for this amazing first novel!amazon.com

Monifa Love's novel Freedom in the Dismal tells the love story through letters and journals of Camille and David, separated before their planned wedding date by David's incarceration. Juxtaposed with this story is an intercutting of testimony and tribunal of ancestors whose lives were impacted by American slavery. At the center of it all is the Dismal Swamp, where some found a species of freedom. This book explores the species of freedoms that we encounter today as well as those we inherit from our history. This was a sensitive labyrinth with shining truths. I highly recommend this novel.amazon.com

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About the Author

Monifa A. Love was born in 1955 in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Princeton. Her collection of poetry, Provisions, was published by Lotus Press in 1980. She is the recent recipient of a Ph.D. in English from The Florida State University.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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posted 11/21/04

 

 

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