It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time

Paperback edition released 01/11/2021

by Angela Jackson

Part of the Triquarterly Series

It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time Synopsis

Angela Jackson's latest collection of poetry borrows its title from a lyric in Barbara Lewis's 1963 hit single Hello Stranger, recorded at Chess Records in Chicago. Like the song, Jackson's poems are a melodic ode to the African American experience, informed by both individual lives and community history, from the arrival of the first African slave in Virginia in 1619 to post-Obama America. It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time reflects the maturity of Jackson's poetic vision. The Great Migration, the American South, and Chicago all serve as signposts, but it is the complexity of individual lives-both her own and those who have gone before, walk beside, and come after-that invigorate this collection. Upon surveying so vast a landscape, Jackson finds that sorrow meets delight, and joy lifts up anger and despair. And for all this time, love is the agent, the wise and just rule and guide.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780810130517
Publication date: 1st November 2021
Author: Angela Jackson
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 188 pages
Primary Genre Poetry by individual poets

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About Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Voo Doo/Love Magic (1974); Dark Legs and Silk Kisses (TriQuarterly, 1993), which won the Carl Sandburg Award; and And All These Roads Be Luminous (TriQuarterly, 1998). She has also written several plays, including Witness! (1978), Shango Diaspora: An African-American Myth of Womanhood and Love (1980), and When the Wind Blows (1984). Her novel Where I Must Go (TriQuarterly, 2009) won the American Book Award. Jackson's honors include a Pushcart Prize, TriQuarterly's Daniel Curley Award, the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and grants and fellowships from the National ...

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