Introduction: Mapping a Starry Poetics: The Achievement of Brenda Marie Osbey
John Wharton Lowe
Chapter 1. The Origins of Osbey’s Poetics: The Achievement of Ceremony for Minneconjoux
and In These Houses
John Wharton Lowe
Chapter 2. “And I can see to it you stay dead / on a daily basis”: Brenda Marie Osbey’s Culturally Based Poetics (A poet’s perspective)
Chapter 3. Desperate Measures
Aldon Lynn Nielsen
Chapter 4. Wild and Holy Women in the Poetry of Brenda Marie Osbey
Andrea Benton Rushing
Chapter 5. Saints of a Darker Hue in Brenda Marie Osbey’s All Saints
Reggie Scott Young
Chapter 6. Haunted Memories: Disruptive Ghosts in the Poems of Brenda Marie Osbey
Chapter 7. Imagining History: Brenda Marie Osbey and the Poetics of Imagination
Chapter 8. Crossing the Gulf: Ecopoetic Revisions of the Coast in Brenda Marie Osbey, Natasha Trethewey, and Yusef Komunyakaa
Daniel Cross Turner
Chapter 10. The Roots and Routes of Brenda Marie Osbey’s Black Internationalism
Appendix: Chronology of the Life and Career of Brenda Marie Osbey
About the Editor
About the Contributors
John Wharton Lowe is author/editor of such works as Calypso Magnolia: the Crossccurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), Conversations with Ernest Gaines (University Press of Mississippi) and The Future of Southern Letters (Oxford).
He has published widely on African American, Native American, Italian American, and transnational and circumCaribbean literatures, and is the recipient of the MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ethnic Literary Studies. He has served as president of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL), the Southern American Studies Association, and others.
Lowe was previously Robert Penn Warren Professor of English and Comparative Literature & founding director of the Program in Louisiana & Caribbean Studies at Louisiana State University; Visiting Guest Lecturer for the Facultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft at the Universität Bielefeld; and has also taught at the University of Munich, Saint Mary's, Harvard, and Columbia universities.
Barbara Methvin Distinguished Professor of Southern Literature
University of Georgia, Athens
Cover Art by Willie Birch
Lexington Books | Rowman & Littlefield September 2019.