The Fire This Time
A New Generation Speaks About RaceeBook - 2016
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PimaLib_MattL Jun 23, 2017
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward edits this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation. She takes James Baldwin’s 'The Fire Next Time' as a starting point.
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Following the death of Trayvon Martin, only the latest in a long history of black deaths excused by the state, Jesamyn Ward turned to Twitter to raise her voice. She “needed words” in the face of this tragedy, but “the ephemera of Twitter, the way the voices of the outraged public rose and sank so quickly,” left her disappointed, and looking for more. The medium’s immediacy, so powerful and important in the heat of the moment, lacked permanency. So she turned to the work of James Baldwin, and from there reached out to gather the voices of a new generation of writers on race in America today. The result is this collection of seventeen essays and poems by writers as various as Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, Garnette Cadogan, Daniel José Older, Edwidge Danticat, and Honorée Fannon Jeffers.
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