Electric Arches
Electric Arches

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Annotation: Blending stark realism with surrealism and fantasy, offers an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and prose, in a narrative that stretches from 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future.
Catalog Number: #160073
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Consortium
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: ix, 90 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-608-46856-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1083-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-608-46856-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1083-1
Dewey: 818
LCCN: 2017057320
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
In this stunning debut, poet and sociologist Ewing brings to bear a variety of forms and mediums-including the prose poem, the lyric, mixed media collage, handwritten notes and ephemera, and the verse play-on set of related questions about the nature of art and politics. Ewing ponders what the -big fireworks- of the imagination make possible for social justice, asking how -the places we invent- can change the ways we negotiate a broken system in which the realities of a city block-s crumbling infrastructure and economic destitution can limit the potential of the individual and collective alike. As the book unfolds, Ewing further refines her lines of inquiry; her subtle, provocative exploration of the boundaries between self and world allows a striking and visionary topography to take shape. Midway through the collection, Ewing writes, -I mean I never met a dish of horseradish I didn-t like./ I mean you-re a twisted and ugly root/ and I-m the pungent, stinging firmness inside./ I mean I look so good.- In apprehending the world she clarifies her sense of self, its boundaries, and its possibilities. Throughout the collection, Ewing calls attention to her inner experience and the material conditions in which they formed, unearthing the small treasures that can foster greater change. (Sept.)

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Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

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 inPoetry, 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.

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