Electric Arches: (Paperback)

Electric Arches: (Paperback)

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Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.

Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing's narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances--blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects--hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook--as precious icons.

Her visual art is spare, playful, and poignant--a cereal box decoder ring that allows the wearer to understand what Black girls are saying; a teacher's angry, subversive message scrawled on the chalkboard. Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up.

Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.


AUTHOR: Ewing, Eve L

Binding: Paperback, 94 pages
Pub Date: September 12, 2017
Physical Info: 0.4" H x 7.8" L x 7.9" W (0.4 lbs)
ISBN: 1608468569
EAN: 9781608468560
Publisher:Haymarket Books  

Biographical Note:

Eve L. Ewing is a writer, scholar, artist, and educator from Chicago. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, The Atlantic, and many other venues. She is a sociologist at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Table of Contents:
True stories

 

Arrival Day 
The first time [a re-telling] 
The Device 
Four boys on Ellis [a re-telling] 
Sestina with Matthew Henson's Fur Suit 
True stories about Koko Taylor 
Another time [a re-telling] 
Note from LeBron James to LeBron James 
Excerpts from an interview with Ron Artest 
How i arrived

 

Oil and water

 

Shea Butter Manifesto 
Why you cannot touch my hair 
Appletree [on black womanhood, from and to Erykah Badu] 
What I mean when I say I'm sharpening my oyster knife 
To Stacey, as you were 
Ode to Luster's Pink Oil 
One thousand and one ways to touch your own face 
To the notebook kid 
Thursday Morning, Newbury Street

 

Letters from the flatlands

 

On Prince 
Origin Story 
Fragment 
Sonnet 
Chicago is a chorus of barking dogs 
At the salon 
Montage in a car 
The Discount Mega Mall (In Memoriam) 
I come from the fire city 
Hood Run 
One Good Time for Marilyn Mosby 
Columbus Hospital 
What I Talk About When I Talk About Black Jesus 
At work with my father 
Fullerton Avenue 
Requiem for Fifth Period and the Things That Went On Then 
Untitled anti-elegy 
I wish for them a mundane life 
Affirmation