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Waiting for a Spaceship (Paperback) (J. Otis Powell)
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Poetry. African & African American Studies. In WAITING FOR A SPACESHIP, J. Otis Powell‽ pens a deep acknowledgement to both the pain of language and its potential for liberation. In these elegant and absorbing poems, Powell‽ plays soloist to a backdrop of jazz rhythm, capable of moving from the elegiac to the celebratory in one shift of tone, expressing the haunted nature of American life: "Ghosts hitch rides on bodies / move inside souls." The lyrical improvisation of his lines moves us simultaneously closer to moments of insight, haunting, and deliverance. "Ivory bones at the bottom of the Atlantic / Ghosts dance to water music nobody composed." To read WAITING FOR A SPACESHIP is to find deep recognition with openness and ferocity. His poems describe how the moment of poetic expression arrives in daily life at soul level. This is a poetry of necessity.