Dark Legs and Silk Kisses by Angela Jackson
The Beatitudes of the Spinners

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Winner of the Carl Sandburg Award for Poetry

Angela Jackson brings her remarkable linguistic and poetic gifts to the articulation of African-American experience. The recurrent motif of the spider, which she presents as both creator and predator, demonstrates her deliberate reshaping of myth in the context of contemporary human experience. Informed by African-American speech and poetic traditions, yet uniquely her own, these poems display Jackson's stylistic grace, her exuberance and vitality of spirit, and her emotional sensitivity and psychological insight.

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Angela Jackson (born July 25, 1951 Greenville, Mississippi) is a poet, playwright and writer.
Published November 15, 1993 by Triquarterly. 103 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In her hands the spider becomes the erotic female who variously wraps her legs around her mate, who foretells a guest's arrival and who is the ordinary worker who will: ``spend my life weaving in three dimensions, / in solitary pursuit of fragile symmetry.'' Working with her sisters, the mythic s...

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