Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander
New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

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The first career retrospective by the award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, including her poem delivered at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration


We crave radiance in this austere world,
light in the spiritual darkness.
Learning is the one perfect religion,
its path correct, narrow, certain, straight.
                                                  
—from “Allegiance”


Over twenty years, Elizabeth Alexander has become one of America’s most exciting and important poets, and her selection as the inaugural poet by President Obama confirmed her place as one of the indispensable voices of our time. Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990–2010 gathers twenty pages of new poetry, along with generous selections from her previous work. The result is the definitive volume to date by this American master.

 

About Elizabeth Alexander

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Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. She has published numerous books of poems, including American Sublime (2005), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She teaches at Yale University. You can visit her online at www.elizabethalexander.net.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Graywolf Press. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Alexander is now widely known as the poet who read her Praise Song for the Day at President Obama's inauguration, but as this first retrospective volume attests, that poem was preceded by a substant

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Her two collections of essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007), and her play, Diva Studies, was produced at the Yale School of Drama.

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Her two collections of essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007), and her play, Diva Studies, was produced at the Yale School of Drama.

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