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Head Off & Split

Poems

Nikky Finney

Publication Year: 2011

Nikky Finney was born at the rim of the Atlantic Ocean, in South Carolina, in 1957. The daughter of activists and educators, she began writing in the midst of the Civil Rights and Black Arts Movements. With these instrumental eras circling her, Finney's work provides first-person literary accounts to some of the most important events in American history.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-11

Contents

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pp. 12-15

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-19

Every book I’ve ever written has found its way to its paper surface by way of the breath of the dead and the hands of the living. A long curtsy, crisp bow, and standing ovation to the Northwestern University Press team, Parneshia Jones, Marianne Jankowski, Jenny Gavacs, Serena Brommel, and other names I wish I knew to call; your brilliant, hard work ...

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Resurrection of the Errand Girl: An Introduction

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The girl is sent for dinner fish. Inside the market she fills her aluminum bowl with ice-blue mackerel and mullet, according to her mother’s instruction. The fishmonger standing there, blood on his apron, whale knife in hand, asks, Head off and split? Translation: Do away with the watery gray eyes, the impolite razor-sharp fins, the succulent heart, tender roe, delicate sweet bones? ...

The Hard · Headed

Red Velvet

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pp. 7-12

Left

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pp. 13-16

My Time Up with You

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pp. 17-22

Plunder

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pp. 23-32

The Condoleezza Suite

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pp. 33-40

The Head · over · Heels

Thunderbolt of Jove

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pp. 43-45

The Aureole

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pp. 46-47

Shaker: Wilma Rudolph Appears While Riding the Althea Gibson Highway Home

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pp. 48-49

Cattails

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pp. 50-51

Heirloom

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pp. 52-53

Orangerie

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pp. 54-55

The Clitoris

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pp. 56-57

Brown Girl Levitation, 1962–1989

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pp. 58-59

The Head · Waters

Dancing with Strom

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pp. 63-68

Segregation, Forever

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pp. 69-71

Negroes with Guns

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pp. 72-75

Hash Marks

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pp. 76-93

Men Who Give Milk I

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pp. 77-79

Alice Butler

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pp. 80-81

Penguin, Mullet, Bread

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pp. 82-84

Liberty Street Seafood

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pp. 85-87

Head Off & Split

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pp. 88-94

Instruction, Final: To Brown Poets from Black Girl with Silver Leica

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pp. 97-114


E-ISBN-13: 9780810165175
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810152168

Page Count: 116
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: New
Volume Title: 1

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