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An expanded edition of Movement in Black
Parker, Pat, 1944-1989.
Personal Author:
Expanded edition.
Publication Information:
Ithaca, N.Y. : Firebrand Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
215 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
1st ed. published as Movement in Black : the collected poetry of Pat Parker. Oakland, Calif. : Diana Press, c1978.
Added Uniform Title:
Movement in Black.

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PS3566.A6847 M6 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Pat Parker -- that revolutionary, raw and as they used to say, "right-on sister" -- would be celebrating her fifty-fifth birthday in 1999 had she not died of breast cancer ten years ago. To honor her work and call attention to the significance of her contributions, Firebrand Books is publishing a new, expanded edition of her classic, Movement In Black.

With an incisive introduction by Cheryl Clarke, celebrations/ remembrances/tributes from ten outstanding African American women writers, and a dozen previously unpublished pieces, Movement In Black is a must read/ must have on your book shelf.

Whether she was presenting her poetry on street corners, performing with other women -- writers, musicians, activists -- in bars and auditoriums, rallying the crowd at political events, preaching to the converted, or converting the ill-informed, Pat Parker was a presence.

She wrote about gut issues: the lives of ordinary Black people, violence, loving women, the legacy of her African American heritage, being queer. She was a woman who engaged life fully, both personally and as a political activist, linking the struggles for racial, gender, sexual, and class equality long before it was "PC" to do so. She died as she lived -- fighting forces larger than herself.

The publication of Movement In Black is an opportunity, both for those who were around the first time and those who are new to her work, to experience and enjoy Pat Parker's power.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

A classic to its primary audience of black lesbians, Movement in Black has been published and republished since 1978, in small-press printings that rather flew under the radar of mainstream review media. The tenth anniversary of Parker's death brings this edition, augmented by an appreciative introduction, 10 tributes by black, activist, mostly lesbian writers, including Toi Derricote and Angela Davis, and some previously unpublished pieces. Parker was a people's poet who, representing her own experience as that of every black lesbian, opened that identity to anyone with ears to hear, eyes to read, and a heart to respond. She wrote sharply rhythmical short lines, rhymed or not as the spirit dictated, made of words so elemental that it is always clear when they have just one meaning and when, for the sake of irony or of full disclosure, they have more. Deeply political and democratic, she accepted emendations from her audiences at dramatic readings that could rock the house. Her work still has that kind of power. It should be considered simply an American classic. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)1563411091Ray Olson