Black Wings and Blind Angels

Black Wings and Blind Angels With fierce candor and an unflinching eye the highly praised author of Push journeys through the harsh realities of African American existence to find the door to the possibility of now The heroes th

With fierce candor and an unflinching eye, the highly praised author of Push journeys through the harsh realities of African American existence to find the door to the possibility of now The heroes that emerge from these forty seven vigorous poems confront the agony of betrayal as they strive in their quest for self transformation and redemption From the city streets tWith fierce candor and an unflinching eye, the highly praised author of Push journeys through the harsh realities of African American existence to find the door to the possibility of now The heroes that emerge from these forty seven vigorous poems confront the agony of betrayal as they strive in their quest for self transformation and redemption From the city streets to the rich landscape of dreams, each of these poems holds out the black wings of expectation offering the chance to emerge from the pain of the past and arrive at the day you have been waiting for when you would finally begin to live At turns alarming and inspiring, the raw lyrics and piercing wisdom of Black Wings Blind Angels remind us of Sapphire s place as a unique and fearless voice.

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Black Wings and Blind Angels

  1. Ramona Lofton was born in Fort Ord, California, one of four children of an Army couple who relocated within the United States and abroad After a disagreement concerning where the family would settle, her parents separated, with Lofton s mother kind of abandoning them Lofton dropped out of high school, fleeing her abusive father, and moved to San Francisco, where she attained a GED and enrolled at the City College of San Francisco before dropping out to become a hippie In the mid 1970s Lofton attended the City College of New York and obtained a MFA degree at Brooklyn College Lofton held various professions before starting her writing career, working as a performance artist as well as a teacher of reading and writing.Lofton moved to New York City in 1977 and immersed herself in poetry She also became a member of a gay organization named United Lesbians of Color for Change Inc She wrote, performed and eventually published her poetry during the height of the Slam Poetry movement in New York Lofton took the name Sapphire because of its one time cultural association with the image of a belligerent black woman, and also because she said she could easily picture that name on a book cover than her birth name.Sapphire self published the collection of poems Meditations on the Rainbow in 1987 As Cheryl Clarke notes, Sapphire s 1994 book of poems, American Dreams is often erroneously referred to as her first book One critic referred to it as one of the strongest debut collections of the 1990s.Her first novel, Push, was unpublished before being discovered by literary agent Charlotte Sheedy, whose interest created demand and eventually led to a bidding war Sapphire submitted the first 100 pages of Push to a publisher auction in 1995 and the highest bidder offered her 500,000 to finish the novel The book was published in 1996 by Vintage Publishing and has since sold hundreds of thousands of copies Sapphire noted in an interview with William Powers that she noticed Push for sale in one of the Penn Station bookstores, and that moment it struck her she was no longer a creature of the tiny world of art magazines and homeless shelters from which she came The novel brought Sapphire praise and much controversy for its graphic account of a young woman growing up in a cycle of incest and abuse.A film based on her novel premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009 It was renamed Precious to avoid confusion with the 2009 action film Push The cast included Gabourey Sidibe, Mo Nique, who won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Precious mother Mary, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz Sapphire herself appears briefly in the film as a daycare worker.Sapphire s writing was the subject of an academic symposium at Arizona State University in 2007 In 2009 she was the recipient of a Fellow Award in Literature from United States Artists.Sapphire currently lives and works in New York City.

900 Reply to “Black Wings and Blind Angels”

  1. A difficult but very engaging collection rarely do I read a book of poems straight through in one sitting, but on the train to Oslo that s just what I did with Black Wings It s sprawling LA neon and incest and Michael Jackson and race riots spirals out from familial abuse to injustices in society at large Some spatterings of forgiveness or attempted forgiveness, but her strongest works are intense POV pieces from the damaged perpetators of further violence Not easy to stomach, impossible to put [...]


  2. amazing heartbreaking heartmending riveting enough to keep my attention while hanging out with little kids at the water park also in the backseat of a long long car ride from North Carolina to Philadelphia really one of the best books of poems i ve read in a long time.


  3. i think i prefer sapphire s prose writing to her poetry these didn t feel as polished or as urgent as the novel push



  4. So farally, amazingly, AWESOME Like totally RAD AWESOME Like sit down and lean over at the end of your seat because this is a real deal OMG fucking poet We all have a lot to learn from the talent this scribe possesses Turns out, I just happen to be reading this while listening to D Angelo as candles flicker and Nag Champa sizzles and sears the air Her words move you to the edge of all things they tell you to never write about Truth bleeds and festers, and scabs in this book I am a Sapphire fan, [...]


  5. I read this again after watching Precious I didn t love Push though suppose it was a great book As usual it seems to be the gritty, taboo factor that keeps your eyes locked on the pages Not an easy read since it delves into abandonment, abuse, incest etc Poem after poem Sapphire bites no words but hey that is her trademark right Almost impossible to read without wincing at her stark candor too explicit to repeat But Sapphire can be appreciated for laying issues out in it s pure naked form withou [...]


  6. I like Sapphire I really do And I wanted to love this book But it was so hard to read, weak, offensive and all over the place I know it wasn t meant to be an easy read It deals with incest, abandonment and abuse It is filled with pain But it was boring Some spatterings of poetic genuis, maybebut as a whole it fell flat.


  7. Wow Is really the only word I could say after reading this collection of poetry by Sapphire It was so in your face and raw that I didn t know what to do with myself after I finished it The whole time I kept thinking how brave Sapphire was to write about her relationships with her parents even when it might make many uncomfortable Definitely recommended.


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