In her three previous, award-winning collections of blues poetry, Honoree Fanonne Jeffers has explored themes of African American history, Southern culture, and intergenerational trauma. Now, in her fourth and most accomplished collection, Jeffers turns to the task of seeking and reconciling the blues and its three movements - identification, exploration, and resolution - with wisdom. Poems in The Glory Gets ask, What happens on the road to wisdom? What now in this bewildering place? Using the metaphor of gets - the concessional returns of living - Jeffers travels this fraught yet exhilarating journey, employing unexpected improvisations while navigating womanhood. The spirit and spirituality of her muse, the late poet Lucille Clifton, guide the poet through the treacherous territories other women have encountered and survived yet kept secret from their daughters. An online reader's companion will be available.
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers is an associate professor of English at the University of Oklahoma and author of four books of poetry including The Glory Gets.More About Honoree Fanonne Jeffers