9781603060486

Meeting Myself 'Round the Corner : Poems

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  • ISBN13:

    9781603060486

  • ISBN10:

    1603060480

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Newsouth Inc
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Summary

"Meeting Myself 'Round the Corner confirms Dr. Carol P. Zippert as a poet of profound depth and great range. These poems, like those in her first book, are excellently crafted and run the gamut of human experience and emotion."-Hank Sanders, author of Death of a Fat Man

"Carol Zipert is a poet of rare gifts. This book touches the mind and sensibilities in beautiful flowing language. She has presented us with another gem."-Faya Rose Toure, author of Walk together Sisters

"By honoring all life in her native Southern landscape, poet Carol Zippert does indeed meet herself coming 'round the corner. From portraits of family, both ancestral and extended, Zippert reaches for the safety and comfort of dreams, but recognizes and celebrates struggle and the centering of 'hands in the soil.' Zippert provides a window into her life and invites us to contemplate the heartfelt way in which she intends what she speaks.'"-Jeanie Thompson, author of the Seasons Bear Us

In her second collection of poems, Carol Prejean Zippert continues to explore the intersecting worlds she inhabits as a woman, a wife and mother, an educator, an African American, a Southerner, a community activist, and a writer. Zippert has a rich musical voice in her poetry, and she is never afraid of her emotions. She lets her readers share her joys as well as her sorrows, her curiosity as well as her certainty.

"I wish I could tell you my fears," she writes, "but the trouble is all in my mind." It's to her credit that she so effortlessly invites us inside this creative mind, which draws insights from topics ranging from the mundane acts of daily life (brewing coffee, raking the yard) to the broad sweep of history (the legacy of Malcolm X, the promised-but-not-delivered forty acres and a mule), to the many faces and expressions of love and faith.

When she writes, "Is she that gift to me, coming into/my home, remindng that the greatest/treasures of our world are still found/in the simplest acts of love?," Zippert is speaking of the bird that has built a nest in her garage, but she might also be describing these poems she has carefully constructed and delivered to her readers.

Author Biography

Carol Prejean Zippert, a Louisiana native, is a poet, educator, community activist, and newspaper publisher in the Black Belt region of west Alabama, where she has lived with her family since 1971, Dr. Zippert serves as an adjunct research professor and resource specialist for Tuskegee University's Community-Based Youth Partnerships, and she has also helped orchestrate institutions such as the Greene County Employees Federal Credit Union, 21st Century Youth Leadership movement, the Society of Folk Arts & Culture, and the Black Belt Community Foundation. With her husband, John, she owns and co-publishes the Green County Democrat, the county newspaper of record in Eutaw, Alabama.

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