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The Appalachian region stretches from Mississippi to New York, encompassing rural areas as well as cities from Birmingham to Pittsburgh. Though Appalachia's people are as diverse as its terrain, few other regions in America are as burdened with stereotypes. Author Frank X Walker coined the term "Affrilachia" to give identity and voice to people of African descent from this region and to highlight Appalachia's multicultural identity. This act inspired a group of gifted artists, the Affrilachian Poets, to begin working together and using their writing to defy persistent stereotypes of Appalachia as a racially and culturally homogenized region.

After years of growth, honors, and accomplishments, the group is acknowledging its silver anniversary with Black Bone. Edited by two newer members of the Affrilachian Poets, Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Jeremy Paden, Black Bone is a beautiful collection of both new and classic work and features submissions from Frank X Walker, Nikky Finney, Gerald Coleman, Crystal Wilkinson, Kelly Norman Ellis, and many others. This illuminating and powerful collection is a testament to a groundbreaking group and its enduring legacy.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-12
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  1. Preface. 25 Years of Revolutionary Art: Cultural Cartography and the Expanding Landscape of Affrilachian Poetics
  2. Shauna M. Morgan
  3. pp. 13-16
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  1. Introduction
  2. Bianca Lynne Spriggs & Jeremy Paden
  3. pp. 17-20
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  1. Root
  1. Call Me Out My Name: Inventing Affrilachia
  2. Paul C. Taylor
  3. pp. 23-26
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  1. ‘Going Up’ with the Affrilachian Poets: Birthing (Folk)lore in the MLK Elevator
  2. Forrest Gray Yerman
  3. pp. 27-38
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  1. Affrilachia
  2. Frank X Walker
  3. pp. 39-40
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  1. Affrilachian MixTape I: Turntablism
  2. Kelly Norman Ellis
  3. pp. 41-42
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  1. bless your heart
  2. Gerald L. Coleman
  3. pp. 43-46
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  1. Brown Country
  2. Nikky Finney
  3. pp. 47-54
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  1. Tujcalusa
  2. Ricardo Nazario y Colón
  3. p. 55
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  1. O Tobacco
  2. Crystal Wilkinson
  3. pp. 56-57
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  1. Grits
  2. Ellen Hagan
  3. p. 58
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  1. THE KENTUCKY–IST
  2. Shayla Lawson
  3. pp. 59-60
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  1. In the City
  2. Joy Priest
  3. pp. 61-62
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  1. fleur-de-lis
  2. Makalani Bandele
  3. p. 63
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  1. on aging
  2. Makalani Bandele
  3. pp. 64-66
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  1. Praisesong for a Mountain
  2. Bianca Lynne Spriggs
  3. pp. 67-68
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  1. Black Diamonds
  2. Crystal Dawn Good
  3. pp. 69-72
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  1. the hills we grew on
  2. Jeremy Paden
  3. pp. 73-74
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  1. Limb
  1. On Whiteness
  2. Jeremy Paden
  3. pp. 77-79
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  1. Of Jíbaros and Hillbillies
  2. Ricardo Nazario y Colón
  3. p. 80
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  1. Rooted
  2. Shanna L. Smith
  3. pp. 81-82
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  1. Raised by Women
  2. Kelly Norman Ellis
  3. pp. 83-84
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  1. The Negro Travelers’ Green Book: 1957
  2. Remica Bingham-Risher
  3. p. 85
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  1. Portrait of Mother’s Kitchen
  2. Remica Bingham-Risher
  3. pp. 86-87
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  1. Ace of Spades: September 15, 1973
  2. Randall Horton
  3. pp. 88-94
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  1. the good couch
  2. Bernard Clay
  3. pp. 95-96
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  1. learning how to use motherfucker
  2. Bernard Clay
  3. pp. 97-99
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  1. Burying Albatross
  2. Frank X Walker
  3. p. 100
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  1. American Arabic, Irish, Italian Abecedarian w/ Blue(d)grass & Bourbon(d) Influences
  2. Ellen Hagan
  3. pp. 101-102
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  1. Even Tricksters Get the Blues
  2. Rane Arroyo
  3. pp. 103-104
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  1. PANTONE 130 C
  2. Shayla Lawson
  3. p. 105
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  1. Pond’s White Beauty
  2. Danni Quintos
  3. pp. 106-107
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  1. Portrait of My Dad Through a Tent Window
  2. Danni Quintos
  3. p. 108
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  1. Nightstick
  2. Joy Priest
  3. p. 109
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  1. The Dark Room
  2. Stephanie Pruitt
  3. p. 110
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  1. Robotto Mulatto
  2. Keith S. Wilson
  3. pp. 111-112
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  1. Tongue
  1. Social Justice Prayer
  2. Marta Maria Miranda-Straub
  3. pp. 115-117
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  1. Mama Outsider: Reminder Notes to a Dancing Girl
  2. Asha French
  3. pp. 118-121
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  1. Initiation
  2. Kamilah Aisha Moon
  3. pp. 122-124
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  1. 127 Notebooks
  2. Mitchell L.H. Douglas
  3. pp. 125-126
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  1. Answer the Call
  2. Amanda Johnston
  3. p. 127
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  1. A Study in Sound and Silence
  2. Stephanie Pruitt
  3. p. 128
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  1. We Were Being Detained
  2. A. H. Jerriod Avant
  3. p. 129
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  1. For Drunk Mike
  2. Dorian Hairston
  3. pp. 130-131
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  1. Manifesto for Black Baseball Players
  2. Dorian Hairston
  3. pp. 132-133
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  1. The Piñata Boy
  2. Rane Arroyo
  3. pp. 134-136
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  1. I Hate Crowds or Yippy Ki Yay Murica, FUCK YO COUCH!!!!
  2. Jude McPherson
  3. pp. 137-139
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  1. Is It Wrong
  2. Mitchell L.H. Douglas
  3. pp. 140-141
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  1. One eyed critics
  2. Norman Jordan
  3. p. 142
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  1. Where Do People in Dreams Come From?
  2. Norman Jordan
  3. pp. 143-144
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  1. Another Morning Blessed Be
  2. Amanda Johnston
  3. p. 145
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  1. Augury
  2. Keith S. Wilson
  3. pp. 146-148
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  1. Black Bone
  2. Bianca Lynne Spriggs
  3. pp. 149-150
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  1. Biographies
  2. pp. 151-156
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  1. Reprint Credits
  2. pp. 157-160
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813175249
Related ISBN
9780813175232
MARC Record
OCLC
1019652589
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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