VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT I HAVE RECEIVED MY COPIES OF MY 11TH BOOK: “WANNABE HOOCHIE MAMA GALLERY OF REALITIES’ RED DRESS CODE“! — beautful book, copy of the book jacket above.
The ten copies that arrived in this box:
As beautiful as the book is, doesn’t mean that it is flawless.
In the table of Contents, “aneurysm” (correct, as it appears in the poem, “Aneurysm of the Firmament”, pp. 231- 235,
and on the Amazon website where you can purchase “Wannabe” says:
“This career-spanning volume by Thylias Moss, one of America’s most revered literary innovators, conveys the dazzling spectrum of her hypnotic poetic output, written over the past thirty-five years and including selections from each previous book as well as previously unpublished new poems.
A poet whose innovations have influenced generations of writers, Thylias Moss is a sort of taxonomist-preacher, whose profound meditation on American culture underlies and propels the dazzling lyrical and impassioned passages she writes in outraged response. This new volume gathers together substantial selections from her previous books and follows them with more than fifty pages of daring new work. Whether in early poems or more recent output, Moss make no promises of smooth sailing: even when they begin with beloved cultural icons (Robert Frost, Dr. Who, the Statue of Liberty), her poems spiral outward, insisting on new perspectives, truths, and realities―particularly of African American experience. For more than three decades, Moss has been a fearless re-inventor of poetry’s possibilities. Her New & Selected is a momentous publication by “a visionary storyteller, a major figure in contemporary American poetry” (Charles Simic).”
However, “each” previous book is not represented. Absent is “Small Congregations“, a previous collection of New and Selected Poetry. So, could say “some” previous books are represented, could say “many” previous books of poetry are represented”, could even say “most” previous collections of poetry are represented, but one is indeed missing! (oops)
Now for a picture of me holding “Wannabe“, I had already tasted the pages! and walked seven miles through my neighborhood with it!
Photo taken by Doug Grayson as I walked seven miles through my neighborhood, so happy was I to receve the book, smelling it, licking the pages, 247 pages including “Higginson Matters in Magnificent Culture of Myopia”, my signature poem, that I will be reading at Columbia University on 30 November at 7:00 pm EST:
Here are the details:
Poetry Reading: Thylias Moss
Series organized by Timothy Donnelly, Writing
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7 pm
Dodge Hall, Room 501
Thylias Moss’s most recent collection, Wannabe Hoochie Mama Gallery of Realities’ Red Dress Code: New and Selected Poems, will be published this fall by Persea. Her eight previous books of poetry include Last Chance for the Tarzan Holler, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and Slave Moth, named Best Poetry Book of 2004 by Black Issues Book Review. Moss is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. She is is Professor Emerita in the departments of English and Art & Design at the University of Michigan and lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
This event is presented as part of the Fall 2016 season of Public Programs. To learn more about upcoming events, download a PDF of the complete calendar, view our online calendar and sign up for our mailing list.
There will be grapes as there were when I read “Higginson Matters in Magnificent Culture of Myopia”, last poem in this book, at the Pulitzer Fine Arts Center in St. Louis, MO, 15 April 2015 (photos by Carly Ann Faye):
My collections of Poetry, dating back to 1983:
My other books:
Please stay tuned for my information as I have it, including announcements of readings…
Columbia University is only the first of many.
And now, the video poem that is source of the title of this just released collection:
Other video poems related to print poems in “Wannabe“:
“The Glory Prelude”
“The Glory Prelude” was also published as a print poem in “The Offing” but was a video poam first; its original and natrural form seems to me; I always saw this poem, rich visuals, my mother, my own voice singing, you will hear that also.
“Hypnosis at the Bird Factory”
On youtube as “Green Light and Gamma Rays”
thr title of th pem in which the excerpt appears is: “Green light and Gamma Ways”
“Green Light and Gamma Ways” as well as this next video segment, “9:08” were part of “The United States of Poetry“, great 5-part film, shown on PBS, and I was lucky eough to be part of that.
Not part of The United Staes of Poetry, and from earlier collections, the following video poems related to print pieces in “Wannabe”:
You may hear me read the following three poems from “Wannabe” as they were recorded for “Poets & Writers”:
- Blue Coming (in response to Bob Holman‘s “What You Can’t Understand is Poetry Is Connected to the Body Again“)
- The Glory Prelude
- Me and Bubble Went to Memphis
I hope that you enjoy hearing them.
Here is some footage of me reading “Higginson Matters in agnificent Culture of Myopia“, what has become my signature poem, largely becase of my own extreme myopia, nearsightdness diagnosed when I was in ninth grade trigonometry class, last poem, and fittingyly so, in the Wannabe Collection.
A total and through reconfiquration of Myopia as conceived in a previous collection, when my relationship with myopic seeing was very much dfifferent. Not just the ophthamological deficits and departures from norms (that everything departs from just being norm-al) that casued me to have to wear glasses, I still wear them, but the benefits of the distortions themselves, the beauties in that, beauties too often concealed by 20/20 vision which, in my opinion, practically no one has.
Here, then, is footage captured of sharing, a reading of this poem, that I plan to read at Columbia University on 30 November at 7:00 pm, EST (without the unnatural emphasis placed on “Moss” as two days before this reading, my ex’s niece explained to me how retaining the name , “Moss” their name, indicated that I had not moved on at all, [I have been divorced since 2013, “moss” my name since 1973] I am 62 years old, and the featured image is how I look right now, without any enhancment. My own hair. No weave, no relaxer, no extensions; waist-elength, butt-kissing hair, 98 pounds without ever having to diet. Just how it goes):
Well that’s it, please buy the book, available on Amazon, probably other locations also, and please enjoy it!
Link to my Amazon author page, so that you may see all of my available books.
and here are photos of the covers of all of my published books:
(this will change, of course, as I have more and more books):