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Connected Islands

New and Selected Poems

By Naomi Long Madgett

Detroit, Poetry

Published: January 2004
ISBN: 9780916418946
Pages: 93 Size: 5.5x8.5

Although the subject matter and style of these poems are quite varied, the overall theme is that, while we are individual and isolated, we are more together than we realize, sharing common experiences. The four sections include poems about loss of identity; the significance of places; the universal appeal of poetry; civil rights,; African American contributions; a group of very original poems based on sacred music interpreted from the contemporary urban African American perspective; aging; friendship; and familial and romantic love.

Published by: Broadside Lotus Press

Naomi Long Madgett grew up in East Orange, NJ, St. Louis, MO, and New Rochelle, NY. She has been a resident of Detroit, MI since 1946. She earned her B.A. from Virginia State University (1945), her M.Ed. from Wayne State University, and her Ph.D. from the International Institute for Advanced Studies (1981). She is the author of ten books of poetry, the first published when she was seventeen years old, two textbooks, and an autobiography and editor of two anthologies. She is also the founder and publisher/editor of Lotus Press, Inc., established in 1972. Since 2001 she has been Poet Laureate of the City of Detroit. She is also Professor of English Emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.