All Told by Hettie Jones

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Poetry. African American Studies. "How lucky I am to have my good humor! Without it I might / have been blue instead of delighted enough with my life/ and the two baby house plants I've just brought home / to share with me their destiny, or maybe to combine us/ in that one big destiny"-("All Told"). ALL TOLD adds to the achievement of DRIVE, Hettie Jones's prize-winning first collection. "Her gift is to paint with vivid words and to cloak her wit with images in such a way that they liner in the mind long after the reading"--Midwest Book Review.

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Jacqueline Tobin is the author of the popular and critically acclaimed "Hidden in Plain View "and "The Tao Women," She is also a teacher, collector, and writer of women's stories. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Hettie Jones's seventeen books include "How I Became Hettie Jones," a memoir of the "Beat Scene"; the poetry collection "Drive," which won the Poetry Society of America's 1999 Norma Farber Award; "Big Star Fallin' Mama (Five Women In Black Music)"; and "No Woman, No Cry," a memoir with Bob Marley's widow Rita. Jones's short prose and poetry have appeared in "The Village Voice," "The Washington Post," and elsewhere. She lives in New York City, where she teaches writing at New School University and the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center.
Published January 1, 2003 by Hanging Loose Press. 94 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Best known for How I Became Hettie Jones, her memoir about beat writers and her marriage to Amiri Baraka, Jones's poetic debut Drive (1998) combined prosaic diction with a knowing, urban wit that could turn serious on a dime.

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