Me and Nina

Me and Nina


Book - 2012
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"Monica Hand's me and Nina is a beautiful book by a soul survivor. In these poems she sings deep songs of violated intimacy and the hard work of repair. The poems are unsentimental, blood-red, and positively true, note for note, like the singing of Nina Simone herself. Hand has written a moving, deeply satisfying, and unforgettable book."--Elizabeth Alexander

In an intimate conversation with the "High Priestess of Soul," Monica A. Hand surveys the places and moods of alienation through poems that are as musical and stylistically diverse as Nina Simone's work. Hand readily embraces a "mass hypnosis" style, putting "a spell on [us]" with her intensely passionate cries and commitment to embracing both tragedy and exuberance in these insightful poems.

From "Dear Nina":

I am not recession
crooked line
broken line
polka dot
parking lot
or spot

I am a Gift from God
I know that

I am an

solo song

Monica A. Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, New York. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aunt Chloe , Black Renaissance Noire , The Sow's Ear , Drunken Boat , Beyond the Frontier , African-American Poetry for the 21st Century , Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade , and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

Publisher: Farmington, ME : Alice James Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781882295906
Characteristics: 78 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 28, 2012

Book of poetry by poet Monica Hand. I preferred the second half of this book to the first half; it contained all the poems I really, really liked: Resistance, Black is Beautiful, Things That Stink, Patches of Black Snow, Worry Beads, Jim Crow, and dear Nina.


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