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City of Eternal Spring

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Winner of the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Book Award (poetry category)

This is the final book in the Plum Flower Trilogy by Afaa Michael Weaver, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The two earlier books, The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005 and The Government of Nature, reveal similar themes that address the author’s personal experience with childhood abuse through the context of Daoist renderings of nature as a metaphor for the human body, with an eye to recovery and forgiveness in a very eclectic spiritual life. City of Eternal Spring chronicles Weaver’s travels abroad in Taiwan and China, as well as showing the limits of cultural influence.

From Publishers Weekly

Dec 01, 2014 – With his brave new book, Weaver completes the trilogy that began with The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985 to 2005, and was followed by The Government of Nature. Here, Weaver's speaker finds himself in Taiwan and China, trying to escape the memory of an uncle's sexual abuse while navigating what it means to be a black American in a foreign land: "black on black in black in silhouette." Weaver's allusions can feel sentimental due to a lack of specificity and a reliance on abstract images, such as "ghosts" and "souls," but at their best his poems build on winding philosophical lines that act as narrative threads and vehicles for self-exploration. At the heart of the book is a series of poems, entitled "Archaeology of Time," that forms a collective flashback into the speaker's life "in Baltimore where the mills send a gray/ applause to the sky." Crucially, Weaver consistently demonstrates the ability to jump seamlessly between thoughts and places, to create poems that move. Despite the challenges of writing through trauma, Weaver and his speaker show resolve that is empowering for the reader to behold, as "when the prison/ frees me to know I am not it and it is not me."
City of Eternal Spring
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Poetry
  • Published: Oct 31, 2014
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Seller: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Print Length: 64 Pages
  • Language: English
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