Hoops by Major Jackson

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Lush meditations by a poet whose previous book, Leaving Saturn, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

In Hoops, Major Jackson continues to mine the solemn marvels of ordinary lives: a grandfather gardens in a tenement backyard; a teacher unconsciously renames her black students after French painters. The substance of Jackson's art is the representation of American citizens whose heroic endurance makes them remarkable and transcendent.

About Major Jackson

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Major Jackson is the author of Hoops, Holding Company, and Leaving Saturn, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is poetry editor at the Harvard Review and lives in South Burlington, Vermont.
Published March 20, 2006 by W. W. Norton. 125 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Set mostly in an urban landscape, the poems range over a variety of addresses: one envisions neighborhood basketball as a metaphor for life ("The body on defense,/ Playing up close, ghoulish,/ Lacking grace, afraid/ He'd go face-to-face");

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